SSAT Math Help That’s Out of This World

When you think of NASA, what do you picture- a rocket blasting off into space? Astronauts learning how to live in zero gravity? How about the Pythagorean Theorem, scientific notation, and calculating area or volume?

NASA provides many valuable math help resources, including middle and high school math help guides with examples that illustrate the important ways that math is used in NASA’s work. My personal favorite is Space Math IX, a book with 106 practice problems and answers for grades 3-12.

Below are some SSAT math topics that are covered in the Space Math IX math help guide. The list includes relevant pages, where you can view math problems that would be useful for middle and upper level SSAT practice.

Pythagorean Theorem: This SSAT math concept is highlighted in both the middle and upper level tests. Space Math IX has lots of problems that can help you review this geometry topic and better understand why it’s relevant for space exploration and other real-world applications.

Relevant pages to look up in Space Math IX:

Middle Level SSAT question difficulty: Pages 7-9, 48

Upper Level SSAT question difficulty: Pages 7-9, 48, 52

Scientific Notation: This SSAT math concept is especially important for upper level students but can be quite tricky! Try these questions to brush up on your scientific notation knowledge.

Relevant pages to look up in Space Math IX:

Upper Level SSAT question difficulty: Pages 19-21, 24-25, 27-29, 35-36, 50, 53-56, 59, 82, 85-87, 89, 93-94

Area and/or Volume: These classic geometry measurements appear often in both the middle and upper level SSATs. Be sure that you have these concepts down perfectly as part of your SSAT practice.

Relevant pages to look up in Space Math IX:

Middle Level SSAT question difficulty: Pages 6, 17, 27, 48-49, 61, 69, 73, 79, 80, 82-84, 92, 94, 99-100, 102

Upper Level SSAT question difficulty: Pages 6, 17, 27-29, 48-49, 73-76, 80, 82-84, 86, 89, 92, 94

To find the math help resources and page numbers listed above, check out NASA’s Space Math IX math help guide.

To learn more about the SSAT and the types of questions asked on this admission test, visit SSAT.org/Practice. 

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