Test Prep, Study Skills, & Preparing for Advanced High School Courses

General Information About Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade is a year of enormous changes, physically, emotionally, and academically. While writing assignments get progressively more challenging and include longer-term assignments such as research papers and argumentative essays, reading assignments become far more extensive and segmented, and math topics including algebra and geometry grow ever more complex. Evidence has also shown that Eighth Graders flourish with direct instruction, far more than students in earlier grades.

NC Global Eighth Grade Plan

An NC Global Plan for Eighth Graders provides a unique path to success that can include academic support to maintain high grades, English support for essays and reading assignments, and study skills improvement. It may also include test preparation for SAT or ACT in order to help students qualify for the prestigious gifted and talented search program offered by Johns Hopkins University. Most important, the Eighth Grade Plan promotes a successful year in English, Math, and Science to help students qualify for higher-level high school courses.

Private School Admission Counseling

For students applying to private secondary schools, Eighth Grade is the time when students must prepare for the SSAT or Upper Level ISEE, fill out school applications that often require extensive essays and short answer questions, embark on a series of school visits and interviews, and ask for and receive teacher and counselor recommendations, all while maintaining a stellar academic record. For artists and athletes, Eighth Grade is a time to compile portfolios and skills videos, and to collect recommendations from mentors, coaches, and teachers.  NG Global provides experienced, professional private school admission counselors to help manage the entire process, from list generation to acceptance. Private School Admission Counseling (PSAC) Services include:

Full Management of Admission Process Individualized Strategy for Admission
Creation of Elite Profile Enhancement Determination of Best-Fit Schools
Timely Completion of Applications Strategy and Assistance on Application Essay
Assistance with Parent Questionnaire Assistance with Recommenders
Identify Family Goals and Expectations Preparation for School Visits and Interviews
Advocacy for Students and Families Assistance with Financial Aid
Scheduling School Tours and Interviews Strategy for Test Preparation
Assistance in Test Registration Additional Services (Separate Fees):

·      Test Preparation for SSAT, ISEE, TOEFL

·      School Tour Accompaniment

·      Reading, Writing, and ELL Instruction

TOEFL and SSAT Test Preparation

Students applying to private school are usually required to take the SSAT, Upper Level ISEE, COOP, or HSPT, the latter two more commonly used for admission to Catholic schools. In most cases, international students must also tackle the TOEFL. Highly competitive schools are looking for TOEFL scores of 100 or higher (on a scale of 120), while moderately competitive schools look for scores higher than 75. As for the SSAT and ISEE, highly competitive schools typically require students to be in the 90th percentile, or higher.

The Structure of the SSAT
Test Time:  155 minutes

Question Types and Timing:

Writing Sample (ungraded) 1 Topic 25 minutes
Quantitative (two sections) 50 Questions 60 Minutes
Verbal (Synonyms and Analogies) 60 Questions 30 Minutes
Reading Comprehension 40 Questions 40 Minutes

SSAT scores can be used/reported for two testing seasons (August 1st to July 31st).

The Structure of the TOEFL iBT

Section Time Limit Questions
Reading 36–56 questions 60–80 minutes
Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.
Listening 34–51 questions 60–90 minutes
Listen to lectures, classroom discussions, and conversations, then answer questions.
Speaking 6 tasks 20 minutes
Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.
Writing 2 tasks 50 minutes
Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.

TOEFL scores remain valid for 2 years after your test date.

College and Career Readiness Standards

In the Eighth Grade, standards expand on Seventh Grade work by adding a higher degree of rigor to reading and writing assignments, increasing expectations for high levels of communication, and laying the groundwork for secondary school mathematics.

NC Global experts are here to create individualized supports for your child in:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Math
  • Science

NC Global guarantees student improvement based on your child’s unique needs with its expansive set of research-based curricula and highly qualified teaching staff.