SSAT Fall Online Course Session I Benefits

A proven approach for success on a demanding test.

Regular use of flashcards improves retention and performance on SSAT exam

Includes a minimum of 10 zoom sessions to support the full online curriculum

Class includes full access to all online materials and resources, including three practice tests

Traditional textbook approach and vocabulary program are essential parts of the curriculum

Digital access to the course continues through the calendar year and beyond.

SSAT Fall Online Course Session I Overview

Course Expectation

In this course, students will be exposed to every major aspect of the SSAT test. This test has a reputation for being demanding, but we can conquer this test together.

Key Expectations in SSAT Fall Online Course Session I :

Study the vocabulary program and learn to create and customize flashcards.

Improve retention and performance through regular flashcard use.

Enhance vocabulary, math skills, and critical thinking.

Engage in a fun, interactive, and hands-on learning experience.

About The Instructor

John Dugan, a career educator, has over two decades of teaching and tutoring experience. For over fifteen years, he has taught SSAT and HSPT prep classes in person to hundreds of students in the Washington, DC area with great success. He is now bringing the best of the classroom to you online.

John is a committed educator and school leader. He is disappointed that he cannot offer the traditional, in-class experience to the local students, but he is excited to bring his courses to those who need them. While there are many options available to you for such courses, John believes that his approach is rooted in the fundamentals of good teaching and learning and not in simply teaching the students “tricks.”

John feels blessed to have had the experiences that he has had. He has worked with the administrative team at Mater Dei, becoming assistant headmaster in 2015, but he has still been able to continue teaching, coaching, and advising the 8th graders as they prepare to enter high school. He has enjoyed increasing his knowledge of “Ed tech” and working with his SSAT and HSPT students. While we are all in the midst of the pandemic, he remains hopeful about the future of education and looks forward to continuing to help young people.


Frederique Irwin

We signed my 8th grade son up for the HSPT class based on a recommendation from a local teacher and we could not be more happy with how well this class prepared him! Mr. Dugan provided structure and quality content that made this process so much less stressful for my son (and me). I would recommend any parents who are looking to prepare their children for testing to check out Mr. Dugan! He is truly great!


Murray Gormly

I would highly recommend Mr. Dugan’s prep classes which have been amazing for my son. He took the HSPT and the SSAT courses and I have no doubt his scores will be higher as a result. I had heard over the years that the best teacher in the area to prepare kids for the test is Mr. Dugan. Now I can say from experience that’s definitely true! He is dedicated, committed and flexible. He gives the kids advice and guidance and helps them feel confident as they approach the test. He’s a great resource for parents as well as we navigate this process. So glad we signed up for this.


Antonio DeVaul

My son has enjoyed Mr. Dugan's HSPT Prep class and feels much more prepared for the test. Going through the lessons and reviewing the answers has been very informative. He has shared a lot of tips on what to look for with each question to narrow down the correct answer. My son has found the practice tests and reviews very useful. He is a great teacher, easy to listen to over Zoom and he has a wealth of knowledge about the test. We are so happy we found him and his service!!


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Frequently Ask Question

How does a flashcard program enhance SSAT exam preparation?

A flashcard program enhances SSAT exam preparation by helping students memorize and retain information effectively. Flashcards aid in improving vocabulary, math skills, and critical thinking abilities, making study sessions more interactive and engaging. This method ensures that students can recall key concepts more easily during the exam.

Who is the SSAT Online Summer Course for?

This course is ideal for middle and high school students who are preparing for the Secondary School Admission Test and aiming to attend prestigious private school

What topics are covered in the math section of the course?

The math section covers number concepts and operations, algebra, geometry, and the 10 most common SSAT math problems, ensuring students are well-prepared for the test.

What kind of support and guidance is provided in the course?

 Students receive expert guidance through interactive lessons, practice problems, and personalized feedback to boost their confidence and improve their test performance.

What makes the SSAT Online Summer Course different from other prep courses?

This course stands out due to its comprehensive curriculum, which includes an introduction to the SSAT, a vocabulary flashcard program, and detailed math sections. The combination of interactive lessons, expert guidance, and practice problems ensures students are well-equipped to excel on the SSAT.