SSAT & ISEE Exam Preparation

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I’ve been helping a young man prepare of an exam.  He wants to enter high school in the U.S.  But as a foreigner, he will need to take either the SSAT or the ISEE, depending on the school he chooses.

One of the things we do is learn a set of at least 10 words each week.  He uses flash cards, writes the words over and over, and uses them in sentences in order to learn and remember the definitions.

And then I QUIZ him!

Here’s a list of some of the words he studied recently.  Can you fill in the blanks below with the correct word?

Atone     Don      Subsidy       Compel       Barbed       Splintered       Obscure       Dispute

  1. The wooden board broke and ________________ into pieces.


  1. In the olden days, women would __________________ a beautiful hat at Easter.


  1. He felt badly over what he had done.  It was time for him to __________________ for his sins.


  1. He and his friend were caught up in a(n) ___________________ over which movie to see.


  1. He was so tired.  But he knew his mother would have a good reason that would  _________________ him to go.


  1. The junk yard had a(n) __________________ wire at the top of the fence.  No one could climb over it.


  1. He didn’t have enough money for the school.  Luckily, the government gave him a(n) _____________________.  Another usage:  The smaller company was purchased by the larger company.  It now operates as a(n) _________________ of the larger one.


  1. He didn’t know anything about his ancestors.  His heritage was quite ____________________.




School Vocabulary for Kids

If you are sending your child to an English speaking school, there are basic words they should learn to assist them in the classroom.


I came across this fabulous video today, “School Objects:  English Vocabulary.” You can find it on YouTube, posted by AME836.  Below is the link to the video, but I suggest you check out all of AME836’s videos by clicking here.

This video shows the written vocabulary with photos.  The words are pronounced slowly and carefully.  It also includes a quiz.  What a wonderful way to learn English!

ESL Jeopardy – Verb Tenses

While preparing for a lesson today, I came across a fun website.  Do you know the Jeopardy TV game show?  This site lets you set up your own Jeopardy game with as many as four teams. Give it a try:

Verb Tenses Jeopardy

You should spend a few minutes clicking through other parts of the website. has a lot of fun ways to learn and practice English for KIDS of ALL AGES!

Easy ESL Sports Vocabulary

I created this beginner’s list of sports vocabulary.  It is a great introduction to American sports.

Just click the link below to access the pdf file:

Sports Flash Cards

The format with pics can be used to make flash cards or a matching game which will reinforce learning.

As a parent or a teacher, it is a useful tool!

Awesome learning tools for kids but useful for adults too!

Philadelphia Eagles Football Helmet


Coming soon audio to accompany the vocabulary list!