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What Is the SSAT and How Can I Prepare for It?

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About the SSAT

The SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) 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). In addition to the verbal, reading, quantitative skills, and writing sample, there is also an experimental section on the Middle and Upper Levels. The SSAT Test supplies independent schools with valuable information about a candidate’s potential for success in the classroom.

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The Four Sections on the SSAT

  1. The SSAT Quantitative section is made up of word problems that measure the student's ability to solve problems involving quantitative concepts.
  2. The SSAT Verbal section is made up of synonyms and analogies and is used to assess verbal reasoning and one's understanding of language. 
  3. The SSAT Reading Comprehension section requires students to read passages and then answer relevant questions.
  4. The SSAT Writing section provides students with a prompt (a picture prompt for elementary level) and the students are to write an essay in response. 

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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 Problems60 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.

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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 child-friendly upper SSAT practice tests and soon we will offer packs for the other two levels, to help your child succeed on the test. The SSAT prep 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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