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  • All about the SSAT


  • SSAT
     quick facts
    frequencyonce a month from October to April, once in June
    duration2 hours and 35 minutes (Upper and Middle Levels); 1 hour and 50 minutes (Elementary Level)
    sectionsQuantitative (two sections for Upper and Middle Levels; one section for Elementary Level); Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning and an unscored essay

    What is the SSAT?

    The Secondary School Admissions Test is used for admissions at private middle schools and high schools. Here's a brief overview.

    What's on the SSAT and why are there different levels?

    The test contains multiple-choice sections in Quantitative (two sections for Upper and Middle Levels; one section for Elementary Level), Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension. There is also an essay, which is not scored, but is sent to the schools to which you apply. The Upper Level test is for applicants in 8th grade and above. The Middle Level test is for applicants in 5th, 6th and 7th grade. The Elementary Level test is for applicants in 3rd and 4th grade.

    When is the test given, and how do I register?

    The SSAT is given once each month from October to April and again in June. There are also ‘Flex Test’ dates available. To check out test dates and register for the test, go to http://www.ssat.org/.

    Should I take the ISEE or SSAT?

    Many schools will accept either test. Both tests cover Vocabulary, Math, and Reading Comprehension. The ISEE uses Synonyms and Sentence Completions to test vocabulary, while the SSAT uses Synonyms and Analogies. Reading passages on the ISEE tend to be longer than those on the SSAT, while the SSAT includes a broader variety of genres, including poetry. The ISEE places a heavier emphasis on mathematical reasoning than does the SSAT. If the schools to which you apply accept both tests, take the test that better suits your abilities.

    How Is the SSAT Scored?

    Quantitative

    • 500-800 (Upper Level)
    • 440-704 (Middle Level)
    • 300-600 (Elementary Level)

    Reading Comprehension

    • 500-800 (Upper Level)
    • 440-710 (Middle Level)
    • 300-600 (Elementary Level)

    Verbal Reasoning

    • 500-800 (Upper Level)
    • 410-710 (Middle Level)
    • 300-600 (Elementary Level)

    Essay

    • Not scored, but a copy is sent to the schools to which you apply

    All scores are converted to a grade-appropriate percentile.