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SSAT - Secondary School Admission Test

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The SSAT

The SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) is used for admission into independent or private junior high and high schools in the U.S., Canada, and around the world.

Private SSAT lessons with Dr. Donnelly are available in-person at our Manhattan office located at 1460 Broadway, Suite 15017. Online SSAT lessons via Skype are also available for those students who are unable to travel to our New York City location.

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Learn about the SSAT

An Overview of the SSAT

WHO TAKES THE SSAT?

The Secondary School Admission Test, or SSAT, is an admissions test administered to students in grades 3-11 to help determine placement into independent or private junior high and high schools. Despite its similarities, the SSAT is not related to the SAT Reasoning test and is not administered by the College Board.

The test is administered on three levels:

  • 1. Elementary level (students currently in grades 3-4)
  • 2. Middle level (students currently in grades 5-7)
  • 3. Upper level (students currently in grades 8-11)

WHAT'S ON THE SSAT?

The SSAT measures how well students solve mathematics problems, use language, and comprehend what they read.

The SSAT consists of four sections:

QUANTITATIVE SECTION OF THE SSAT

There are two 30 minute math sections with 25 questions each that require basic computations including some basic Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, Geometry and Concepts. They vary from word problems to equations.

VERBAL SECTION OF THE SSAT

The verbal section is 30 minutes long and consists of 30 synonym and 30 analogy questions.

These are designed to test vocabulary, verbal reasoning, and the ability to relate ideas logically.

READING COMPREHENSION SECTION OF THE SSAT

The 40 minute reading comprehension section has 40 questions based around seven given reading passages.

These questions not only require test takers to comprehend what they are reading but also to read quickly.

ESSAY SECTION OF THE SSAT

Students will be asked to support or argue against a topic statement by using examples from personal experience, history, literature and current events.

The essay section is 25 minutes long and students are given one side of a paper to write this essay.

The essay is not scored. However, it's still very important, since it is sent to school admissions offices.

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SCORING THE SSAT

All questions on the SSAT are equal in value and scores are based on the number of questions correctly answered subtracted by one-quarter point for each question you answer incorrectly. No points are awarded or deducted for questions left unanswered.

The scaled score for the Upper Level is 500-800 per section (V/Q/R) giving a total score ranging from 1500-2400.

The scaled score for the Lower Level is 440- 710 per section (V/Q/R) giving a total score ranging from 1320-2130.

The SSAT score report provides scaled scores for each section as well as percentile ranks for each category, comparing a students score to others who have taken the test in the past three years. Also in the score report are estimated national percentile ranks for 5-9 grade test takers and projected 12th grade SAT scores for test takers in grades 7-10.

WHAT ARE THE CUT-OFF SCORES FOR THE SSAT?

Upon receiving their scores, students can send the results to the independent schools they wish to apply to. Each school then evaluates the scores according to its own standards and requirements

HOW LONG IS THE SSAT?

2 hours and 35 minutes

REGISTERING FOR THE SSAT?

Register online at www.ssat.org.

 

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2017 and 2018 SSAT Test Dates

SSAT Exam Dates Regular Registration Late Registration
January 7, 2017
December 18, 2016 December 25, 2017
February 11, 2017 January 22, 2017 January 29, 2017
March 4, 2017
February 12, 2017 March 1, 2017
April 22, 2017
April 2, 2017 April 19, 2017
June 10, 2017
May 21, 2017 June 7, 2017

 

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