SSAT Test
Preparation

What's on the SSAT and why are there different levels?

The test contains multiple-choice sections in Quantitative (two sections), Verbal Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension. There is also an essay, which is not scored, but is sent to the schools to which you apply. The Upper Level test is for applicants to 9th grade and above. The Lower Level test is for applicants to 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

When is the test given, and how do I register?Should I take the ISEE or SSAT?

The SSAT is given once each month from October to April and again in June. To find out the specific test dates and register for the test, go to http://goo.gl/q1srMX

Many schools will accept either test. Both tests cover Vocabulary, Math, and Reading Comprehension. The ISEE uses Synonyms and Sentence Completions to test vocabulary, while the SSAT uses Synonyms and Analogies. Reading passages on the ISEE tend to be longer than those on the SSAT, while the SSAT includes a broader variety of genres, including poetry. The ISEE places a heavier emphasis on mathematical reasoning than does the SSAT. If the schools to which you apply accept both tests, take the test that better suits your abilities.

How Is the SSAT Scored?

Quantitative

500 - 800 (Upper Level)

440-704 (Lower Level)

Reading Comprehension

500 - 800 (Upper Level)

440-710 (Lower Level) 

Verbal Reasoning

500 - 800 (Upper Level)

410-710 (Lower Level)

Essay

Not scored, but a copy is sent to the schools to which you apply 

All scores are converted to a grade-appropriate percentile.
 

More about the SSAT:

More about the SSAT:

  1.  60 questions, 30 minutes (Upper and Middle Levels)

  2. 30 questions, 20 minutes (Elementary Level)

  3. There are no sentence completions on the SSAT   

Quantitative

  1. 25 questions, 30 minutes (2 sections, Upper and Middle Levels)

  2. 30 questions, 30 minutes (1 section, Elementary Level)

  3. Tests your knowledge of general mathematical concepts, using problem-solving techniques

Reading Comprehension

  1. 40 questions, 40 minutes (Upper and Middle Levels)

  2. 28 questions, 30 minutes (Elementary Level)

  3. Tests your ability to read and understand short passages, which include a broad variety of disciplines, including poetry

Essay Section

  1. Choice of 2 topics, 25 minutes (Upper and Middle Levels)

  2. 1 topic, 15 minutes (Elementary Level)

  3. Essay is not scored, but a copy is forwarded to the schools to which you apply


SSAT Test Preparation

What's on it, and why are there different levels?

Because the SSAT helps test students for admission to private middle and high schools, different levels of the test are offered depending on where you are in your education. The Upper Level is designed for applicants in 8th grade and above. The Middle Level is for applicants in 5th, 6th and 7th grade, and the Elementary Level is for applicants in 3rd and 4th grade. No matter which level of the test you'll be taking, the SSAT will always test the same three sections—Quantitative (the Upper and Middle Levels have two sections of this, as opposed to one for Elementary), Reading Comprehension and Verbal Reasoning. The test also contains an un-scored essay that is sent to the schools you're applying to.
The Upper and Middle Levels of the SSAT contain one unscored experimental section of the test that contains Verbal, Reading and Quantitative questions. This section won't affect your score; it is used to make sure that future versions of the exam have reliable, acceptable questions.

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