What is SSAT Test?

SSAT stand for “Secondary School Admission Test”. SSAT is a test used to help in placements of students from 5th to 11th grade in either independent or high schools. SSAT is administered by the SSATB ( Secondary School Admission Test Board ).

SSAT has two levels which cater to different age groups, Lower level groups for student from 5th to 7th grade and Upper level groups for students from 8th to 11th grade respectively. SSAT consists two sections an essay type section and a multiple choice section that includes Mathematics, Reading Comprehension and Verbal.

The Mathematics section has two 30 minute sub sections containing 25 questions each. The Verbal section consists of 30 synonyms and analogy questions and is 30 minutes long. The Reading Comprehension on the other hand is 40 minutes long and consists 40 passage type questions. In the Essay section the students are asked to either write an essay being “For” or “Against” the respective question given to them. The essay type question isn't marked or scored but is sent to them the schools office with the students scores.


SSAT Test are made available only to the certain states in the U.S whereas it isn't part of any other country as posted on the SSAT site. Therefore students migrating from foreign countries to the U.S have to apply and write the examination at a center that is mentioned on the list.


SSAT Tests are for students from 5th to 11th grade hence only students that fall under that category are allowed to take the test since the test determines their ability to enter high school respectively.


To write the SSAT Test one has to register online may it be a on a national or international level. Upon which an Admission ticket will be given with all the required detail of the candidate.


The SSAT site itself provides the students with all the needed information, materials and various sample questions for preparation. The students can easily be prepared provided they follow the procedures and examples given to them.


The score for the SSAT Test are marked in such a way that for every right answer a point is recorded and for every incorrect answer one-quarter of a point is deducted. Points are not deducted for questions that haven't been attempted.


Application for the SSAT Test are given online where in the students can be registered for the test at the SSAT site itself.


SSAT Tests happen only during certain months such as October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May, June. At times the dates might change.

Results for SSAT Test

The SSAT results are sent straight to the students administrative office once they are scored along with the students essay.

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