Why Should I take the SSAT?

There are generally two reasons to take the SSAT:

  1. You are interested in attending an independent (private) school.
  2. You want to begin the process of learning how to effectively take tests like the SAT and ACT, but with age-appropriate material.


Middle Level or Upper Level: Which is Right for Me?

The SSAT is designed for students in grades 5 through 11 and is administered on two levels:

  • Middle for students currently in grades 5-7
  • Upper for students currently in grades 8-11


The SSAT is offered 8 times per year on Saturday mornings. There is typically one test date in each of the following months: October, November, December, January, February, March, April, and June.

The SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) is a standardized multiple-choice test for students in grades 5-11. The test consists of four separately timed sections: 1 verbal, 2 math, and 1 reading comprehension. The verbal questions test the student’s vocabulary, verbal reasoning, and ability to relate ideas logically. The math questions test the student’s ability to solve problems involving arithmetic, elementary algebra and geometry, and general number concepts. The reading comprehension section tests the student’s ability to understand a written passage.

The SSAT also requires the student to write a brief essay on an assigned topic. While the essay is not graded, a copy of it is sent to schools along with the student’s verbal, math, and reading scores.

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