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SSAT Tutor – Prep Information for the SSAT

Welcome to, an informational website for students and parents wishing to find out more about the SSAT. The SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) is a standardized examination that is used by independent primary and secondary schools in the United States and Canada to evaluate candidates for admission. Administered by the Enrollment Management Association, a non-profit education organization, the SSAT assesses the math and verbal skills of students in the 3rd through 11th grades. The SSAT is given at three levels: Elementary (taken in grades 3-4 by children seeking admission for grades 4-5), Middle (by grades 5-7 for grades 6-8), and Upper (by grades 8-11 for grades 9 and up). Test timing is 2 hours and 5 minutes (Elementary Level) or 3 hours and 5 minutes (Middle and Upper Level). The SSAT includes three sections (quantitative, reading, and verbal) plus a writing sample and an experimental component. Test-takers receive scaled sectional scores for each of the exam's three sections and a total score. Section scores range from 300-800 per section, depending on the version of the test taken, and all total scores are the sum of the section scores.

Peruse our website and find all of the information you require by clicking on the links to your left. Visit the "About" page to read a concise but thorough overview of the SSAT. Find out how to sign up by clicking on "Registration." For a more in-depth discussion of SSAT content, see the "Sections" page. The "Preparation" link will help you learn about the many options for SSAT study, and if you have any further questions, click on "FAQ."

The SSAT is administered to about 75,000 students annually. The SSAT has a history that dates back to the founding of the Enrollment Management Association in 1957. Formerly known as the Secondary School Admission Test Board, this organization was founded for the express purpose of establishing a standardized test for admission to independent secondary schools. A number of private schools require the submission of SSAT scores from all applicants, and independent research has found significant correlations between SSAT performance and GPA at the secondary level.

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