SSAT Verbal | A breakdown of the SSAT Verbal Section

SSAT Verbal

The SSAT includes one 30-minute verbal section, which is composed of 30 synonym questions and 30 analogy questions.  Given the time limit and the number of questions, students have approximately 30 seconds to answer each question.  The questions within the SSAT verbal section will progress in difficulty as a student works his or her way through the section; once the questions switch from synonyms to analogies, the difficulty level will revert back to “easy.”  Because a student loses 1/4 point for each incorrect answer, a student should not make random guesses on the SSAT verbal section.

  • Synonym Questions – Students must select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word given in the question.
  • Analogy Questions – These questions test a student’s ability to determine relationships between words.  Students must select the answer choice that best completes the meaning of the sentence.

Sample SSAT Verbal Questions


Answers: 1. (D), 2. (C), 3. (A); 1. (E), 2. (A), 3. (B), 4. (D)

Related Topics

  • For an overview of the SSAT, visit the SSAT Overview page.
  • For information about the SSAT Quantitative section, visit the SSAT Math page.
  • For information about the SSAT Reading section, visit the SSAT Reading page.

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