What is the SSAT?

Admission officers use the SSAT to assess students’ abilities looking to enroll in an independent school. The standardized test measures the basic math, verbal, and reading skills needed to perform successfully in independent schools.

There tends to be more confusion surrounding secondary school tests like the SSAT than college placement tests like the SAT and ACT. This can leave parents frustrated and confused about a process that is already stressful. Fortunately, our dynamic, accomplished tutors have spent years working with families on secondary school tests like the SSAT and are here to demystify the process and help your student thrive.

Students take the SSAT to gain admission to private middle and high schools. In the past, boarding schools in particular tended to require the SSAT (rather than its sister test, the ISEE), but that has changed in recent years. It’s worth checking with the individual schools to which you’re applying to see which test they prefer.

There are three different versions, or “levels”, of the SSAT that apply to different age groups:

  • Lower (or Elementary) Level—taken by current 3rd and 4th graders
  • Middle Level—taken by current 5th through 7th graders
  • Upper Level—taken by current 8th through 11th graders

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