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Frequently Asked Questions About the SSAT
What is the SSAT exam?
The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) consists of two parts: a brief essay, and a multiple-choice aptitude test which measures your ability to solve mathematics problems, to use language, and to comprehend what you read. The SSAT is administered on three levels:
• Elementary SSAT (NEW! for students currently in grades 3-4)
• Middle Level SSAT (formerly the “Lower Level SSAT” for students currently in grades 5-7)
• Upper Level SSAT (for students currently in grades 8-11) Many editions of the test exist to ensure that no student takes the same SSAT twice.
All tests are printed in English. Our SSAT tutoring and test prep provides ample support and instruction to help students gain admission to top boarding schools and private schools.
Here’s a useful video on “What is the SSAT exam?” and how to prepare:
What’s on the SSAT exam?
MATH. There are two 30-minute math sections with 25 questions each.
VERBAL. The verbal section is 30 minutes long and consists of 30 synonym and 30 analogy questions.
READING. 40 minutes and 40 questions total for this section.
ESSAY. 25 minutes total.
Here are some examples of what’s on the SSAT test:
How can you improve your SSAT score by 200+ points?
In order to improve your SSAT score significantly when applying to top private schools and boarding schools, we advise you start with this helpful video from SSAT tutors and test prep at Top Test Prep.
What are useful ways to prep for the Quantitative (Math) section of the test?
The math section consists of two sections of 25 questions each. Here’s a trending video on ways to prep for the math / quantitative section of the SSAT exam:
How can you improve your SSAT verbal section scores?
The SSAT verbal section contains 30 synonym and 30 analogy questions. These can be challenging, but this video will help give you a head start:
For more advice on beating those tricky analogy questions, try the tips in this video:
How can you prepare for the SSAT reading section?
The SSAT reading section includes 40 questions based on about 7 reading passages. These questions measure your ability to read quickly and comprehend what you read.
Here’s a quick video to help you understand how to prepare for the SSAT reading section on the SSAT exam:
Should you guess if you don’t know the answer on the SSAT exam?
Unless you have narrowed down your options significantly, you shouldn’t guess. Scores are computed by awarding 1 point for each correct answer and subtracting 1⁄4 point for each incorrect answer.
How is the SSAT scored?
Scores are computed by awarding 1 point for each correct answer and subtracting 1⁄4 point for each incorrect answer. This calculation produces a Raw Score, which is then converted into a Scaled Score by the use of table constructed specifically for each test.
When the SSAT board determines students’ percentiles, they use the past three years of students testing at that grade level.
Here’s a video on how the SSAT exam is scored:
How can you prepare for the SSAT math section?
The SSAT math section includes problems and topics such as test arithmetic, algebra and geometry.
To better prepare for the SSAT math section, watch these tips and give us a call after at (800) 501-Prep.
Should I take the SSAT or the ISEE?
Here is a video that discusses a comparison of the SSAT and the ISEE: