Registering for the SSAT
The first step in taking the SSAT is registering and finding out where to take it. You can take the SSAT at official test centers. These are usually private and independent schools in your area. You will have to register to take the SSAT at least three weeks before the test date to avoid late fees (although registering for the SSAT itself costs $120).
- To register for the SSAT, you must first create an SSAT account. This account can be created through the SSAT website (surprise). Your scores will be reported through this account. You can also use this account to choose which schools you want to report your scores to. When you take the test, you will have the option of choosing which schools to send your reports. Leave this blank! It is best to choose the schools after getting your score report.
- Next, find the most convenient location for you to take the SSAT. A list of test locations can also be located through the SSAT website. Most likely, the big private and independent high schools in your area are the locations where they administer the standard SSAT tests.
- Testing usually begins at 9 am and ends around 12:30. Here’s a quick rundown of the things you will need to bring with you on test day:
o Your SSAT registration ticket. Don’t forget this; this is how you will get into the test!
o Multiple number 2 pencils.
o A calculator
o A snack/water for break time.
- Now, a note about flex dates. “Flex” SSAT tests can be scheduled any time of the year. Flex SSATs can be taken only once per year. These must be administered through an SSAT Board approved independent party. However, the individuals administering flex SSAT tests can charge whatever fee they feel is fair, so scheduling a flex SSAT may often be more expensive than a standard SSAT. The upside is that you can schedule your own test. So if you are an international student with limited standard tests available, or need to take the test over the summer, this option might be the best for you.