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SSAT Scores Explained

Do you want to understand your child’s SSAT scores? Keep reading to learn how to interpret child’s SSAT scores and what they mean for admission to an independent school.
 
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How Is the SSAT Score Calculated?

The score reports of all the SSAT Levels include the scaled and percentile scores. The SSAT Middle and Upper Level score reports include a Personal Score Range, and the SSAT Elementary Level score report includes the number of items on the test, number of questions answered correctly, and the percentage of questions answered correctly.

SSAT Scaled Scores

Each student receives scaled scores for the Reading Comprehension, Verbal, and Quantitative sections of the SSAT, as well as a total scaled score. The total scaled score is equal to the scaled scores of the Quantitative, Verbal, and Reading Comprehension sections added together (Quantitative + Verbal + Reading Comprehension = total scaled score).


Lowest Scaled Score Per SectionTotal Lowest Scaled ScoreHighest Scaled Score Per SectionTotal Highest Scaled Score
Elementary Level 300 900 600 1800
Middle Level 440 1320 710 2130
Upper Level 500 1500 800 2400

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SSAT Percentile Score

The percentile score compares your child’s performance to the performance of other students who took the SSAT, on a scale from 1 to 99. Your child’s performance will be compared to students in the same grade and of the same gender who have taken the SSAT in Canada and the US during the previous three years.

SSAT Personal Score Range

On the Middle and Upper Level SSAT score report, the student’s score falls right in the center of his/her “Personal Score Range.” If a student takes the same level SSAT shortly after completing a first test, his/her new score would fall within one Standard Error of Measurement (SEM) of his/her previous SSAT score. The SEM is 18 points.

A Personal Score Range provides the admissions department an idea of how the child would perform if s/he were to take the test again. The SSAT Test is different each time, and the student and/or the environment may change from one day to the next as well. The Personal Score Range takes into consideration all the possible factors that may influence a student’s score. Admission departments are advised to consider the Personal Score Range in order to obtain a better idea of a student’s abilities.

When Will My Scores Be Available?

Scores are available online, via your SSAT account, about two weeks after the test is administered.

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The SSAT is one of the three most widely used school entrance exams. By preparing for the test, you are not just opening one door of opportunities, but several.

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