SSAT

The Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) is an admissions test developed for students who are seeking entrance to independent middle schools and high schools.  The exam is designed to measure a student’s ability in core subject areas independent of a student’s school record.

The purpose of the SSAT is to measure the basic verbal, quantitative, and reading skills acquired over time, which are necessary for successful performance in independent middle schools and high schools.  The results of the test provide independent school admissions personnel with valuable information on potential students, independent of a student’s background or experience.

Schools use the SSAT as one measure among many – class rank, GPA, extracurricular activities, personal essay, and teacher recommendations – in evaluating a student’s readiness to do middle school or high school work.  SSAT scores are compared with the scores of other applicants and the accepted scores at an institution.

Test Format & Structure (Upper Level SSAT)
The SSAT measures three constructs developed over time, both in and out of school: 1) Verbal 2) Quantitative 3) Reading.  The test emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are essential for academic success.

SectionTimeNumber of QuestionsContent Covered
Verbal30 minutes60 multiple-choice questions (30 synonym and 30 analogy questions)Ability to recognize synonyms and to make logical associations between words.
Quantitative (two sections)30 minutes each50 multiple-choice questions (25 each section)Knowledge or arithmetic, pre-algebra, basic geometry, and mathematical reasoning.
Reading Comprehension40 minutes40 multiple-choice questions based on seven passagesAbility to understand main themes, extract salient details, and understand meaning in context.
Writing (Essay)*25 minutes1Ability to organize and express ideas and to support them with examples.

Scoring
The SSAT is scored in four sections ranging from 500-800 leading to a total score of 1500-2400. Students receive one point for each correct answer but are penalized a quarter of a point for each incorrect answer on the SSAT. However, there is no penalty for unanswered questions. Guessing can be beneficial if multiple answer choices are eliminated. The writing section is not factored into the student’s final score.

Test Dates
SSAT standard tests are held on eight Saturdays during the testing year (August 1st – July 31st). For the 2019-2020 school year, the test will be offered on the following standard test dates:

Standard Test DateRegular Registration
Starts Aug 1, 2019 & Ends:
Late Registration +$45
Begins at Midnight EST:
Rush Registration +$85
Begins at Midnight EST:
Last Day for Registration
(Without Testing Accommodations)
Ends 11:59PM EST:
Sat, Oct 19, 2019September 28, 2019September 29, 2019October 6, 2019Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Sat, Nov 16, 2019October 26, 2019October 27, 2019November 3, 2019Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Sat, Dec 14, 2019November 23, 2019November 24, 2019December 1, 2019Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Sat, Jan 4, 2020December 14, 2019December 15, 2019December 22, 2019Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Sat, Feb 8, 2020January 18, 2020January 19, 2020January 26, 2020Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Sat, Mar 7, 2020February 15, 2020February 16, 2020February 23, 2020Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Sat, Apr 25, 2020April 4, 2020April 5, 2020April 12, 2020Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Sat, Jun 13, 2020*May 23, 2020May 24, 2020May 31, 2020Wednesday, June 10, 2020

A group or individual may request a flex test date outside of the standard test dates. Visit the SSAT websitefor specific test and registration details.

Cost
Regular registration for Middle & Upper Level tests is $144 with an additional fee of $45 for late registration and $85 for rush registration.

Accommodations
Students with documented learning differences or physical challenges may request special accommodations. Detailed information about eligibility, requirements, and deadlines can be found on the SSAT website. Requests for accommodations must be approved prior to registering for a test date.

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