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Overview of the SSAT

 The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is a standardized test that many independent middle and 
 high schools require applicants to take.  It is a 2 hour and 35 minute test that includes three main
 sections: verbal, quantitative, and reading comprehension.  The SSAT also includes an unscored writing
 sample that does not affect a student’s score. However, a copy of the writing sample is sent to the
 schools being applied to along with the score report.

The SSAT is offered at two levels:

  • Lower Level – for students who are currently in grades 5 through 7
  • Upper Level – for students who are currently in grades 8 through 11

Each of the three main Lower Level test sections is scored on a scale of 440 to 710, with a total scaled score range of 1320 to 2130.  Each of the three main Upper Level test sections is scored on a scale of 500 to 800, with a total scaled score range of 1500 to 2400.  Students are also given  SSAT percentile rankings reflecting how a student performed relative  to other students who have taken the same test in the same grade and of the same gender within the past three years.  In general, schools pay more attention to the percentile rankings than to the scaled scores.



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