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The SSAT is a standardized test used by admission officers to assess the abilities of students seeking to enroll in an independent school. The SSAT measures the basic verbal, math, and reading skills students need for successful performance in independent schools. It’s an indispensable tool that gives admission professionals an equitable means to assess and compare applicants, regardless of their background or experience.
There are three SSAT levels:
Elementary Level SSAT – For children currently in 3rd and 4th grades who are applying for admission to 4th and 5th grades.
Middle Level SSAT – For children currently in grades 5-7 who seek admission to grades 6 through 8.
Upper Level SSAT – For children currently in grades 8-11 who are applying for admission to grades 9 through PG (Post Graduate).
The SSAT questions are divided into four scored sections and one (unscored) Essay prompt located in the Writing Sample section.
|Writing Sample||1 (unscored) prompt||25 minutes||Topic statement which you will be asked to respond to (support or argue), using specific examples from personal experience, current events, history or literature|
|Quantitative (Math)||25 multiple choice||30 minutes||Number Concepts and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis, Probability|
|Reading||40 multiple choice (7 passages)||40 minutes||Main Ideas, Details, Inferences, Word Meanings, Author’s Purpose and Tone, Opinions and Arguments, Predictions|
|Verbal||60 multiple choice (30 synonyms and 30 analogies)||30 minutes||Vocabulary, Verbal Reasoning, Ability to Relate Ideas Logically|
|Quantitative (Math)||25 multiple-choice||30 minutes||Number Concepts and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis, Probability|
|Experimental||16–20 multiple choice||30 minutes||Verbal, Reading, and Quantitative-style questions|
Total testing time is 2 hours and 5 minutes for Elementary Level and 3 hours and 5 minutes for Middle and Upper Level.
The SSAT is held at sites worldwide on eight Saturdays each year.
For the 2017-18 testing year (August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018) the Standard test dates are:
You will receive three types of scores on your score report: a raw score, a scaled score, and a percentile ranking.
Raw scores are determined by counting the number of incorrect answers and correct answers. Correct answers are worth one point each, and one quarter point is deducted for each incorrect answer. No points are deducted for failing to answer a question, and all questions have the same point value.
Scaled scores are derived from the raw scores. Different scales are used for the different levels of the test: students taking the SSAT Elementary Level test will receive a score on a scale of 900 to 1800 (300 to 600 per section), students taking the SSAT Middle Level test will receive a score on a scale of 1320 to 2130 (440 to 710 per section), and students taking the upper level test will receive a score on a scale of 1500 and 2400 (500 to 800 per section).
The percentile ranking represents how well you did compared to other students of the same grade and gender who have taken the SSAT in the past three years. Your rank will be between 1% and 99%, and indicates the percentage of students with a lower or equal score to your own. For example: if you receive a percentile score of 75%, that would mean that you did as well as or better than 75% of students of your grade and gender who took the test in the past three years.
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