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.
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.