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What Is the SSAT?

The Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) is an entrance assessment used by many private and elite middle schools and high schools. The test is one of the three most widely used admission tests for private schools. The assessment is administered by the Enrollment Management Association, formerly known as the Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB). Many independent schools all over the world require the SSAT test for admission.

The SSAT Test is administered at three different levels (Elementary, Middle, and Upper), and assesses verbal, reading comprehension, mathematical, and writing skills. The SSAT Test provides valuable information about a candidate’s potential for success in the classroom.

TestPrep-Online currently offers SSAT practice packs for all testing levels. Find out more about how we can help your child prepare.

The Four Sections on the SSAT

SSAT Quantitative

This section measures the student’s abilities in geometry, algebra, and data analysis. The problems are either presented using mathematical terms that indicate which operations to use, or as word problems, which require the students to figure out what operations to use on their own. Find out more about the SSAT Quantitative section.

SSAT Verbal

The verbal section of the test is made up of subsections synonyms and analogies, and is used to assess verbal reasoning and understanding of language. Students must demonstrate an appropriate level of vocabulary, as well as an ability to logically connect ideas within texts. Find out more about the SSAT Verbal section.

SSAT Reading Comprehension

In the reading section, students are given a variety of passages and follow-up questions. The questions either require students to extract information from the text, or to infer answers, based on the reasoning of the text. The texts are either literary or argumentative. Find out more about the SSAT Reading Comprehension section.

SSAT Writing

The final section of the SSAT is the writing one. This section is not graded. Rather, it is used by educators to evaluate a student’s writing abilities. It also allows them to get to know the student better, and can therefore be an excellent way for your child to stand out. Find out more about the SSAT Writing section.

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The Three Levels of the SSAT

SSAT Elementary Level

Students in grades 3-4 take the Elementary Level SSAT, which consists of four sections:

SSAT Section Question Type(s) Total Amount of Questions and Time
Elementary Level
SSAT Quantitative Word Problems 30 questions 30 Minutes
SSAT Verbal Synonyms + Analogies 30 questions 20 minutes
Break 15 minutes
SSAT Reading Comprehension Passages + Relevant Questions 7 passages + 28 questions 30 minutes
SSAT Essay Essay Prompt 1 essay 30 minutes
Total 89 questions 110 minutes


In the SSAT Lower Level there is a 15-minute break between the Verbal and the Reading section.

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SSAT Middle Level

Students in grades 5-7 take the Middle Level SSAT, which consists of six sections:

SSAT Section Question Type(s) Total Amount of Questions and Time
Middle + Upper Level
SSAT Essay Essay Prompt 1 prompt 25 Minutes
Break 5 minutes
SSAT Quantitative Word Problems 25 questions 30 minutes
SSAT Reading Comprehension Passages + Relevant Questions 40 questions 40 minutes
Break 10 minutes
SSAT Verbal Synonyms + Analogies 60 questions 30 minutes
SSAT Qunatitative Word Problems 25 questions 30 minutes
Experimental Prompt 16 questions 15 minutes
Total 167 questions 3 hours + 5 minutes


In the SSAT Middle Level there is a five-minute break between the Writing Sample and the first Quantitative section, and a ten-minute break between the Reading and Verbal sections.

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SSAT Upper Level

Students in grades 8-11 take the Upper Level SSAT, which consists of six sections:

SSAT Section Question Type(s) Total Amount of Questions and Time
Middle + Upper Level
SSAT Essay Essay Prompt 1 prompt 25 Minutes
Break 5 minutes
SSAT Quantitative Word Problems 25 questions 30 minutes
SSAT Reading Comprehension Passages + Relevant Questions 40 questions 40 minutes
Break 10 minutes
SSAT Verbal Word Problems 60 questions 30 minutes
SSAT Qunatitative Essay Prompt 25 questions 30 minutes
Experimental Prompt 16 questions 15 minutes
Total 167 questions 3 hours + 5 minutes


In the SSAT Upper Level there is a five-minute break between the Writing Sample and the first Quantitative section, and a ten-minute break between the Reading and Verbal sections.

Practice SSAT Online

Help your child succeed on the SSAT test! Make sure to set aside time to prepare with TestPrep-Online. We currently offer user-friendly SSAT practice tests and material for every level. The SSAT practice packs include realistic practice tests and helpful study guides, allowing your child to become familiar with the test structure. Your child can start preparing for the SSAT test with TestPrep-Online today!

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