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SSAT

The Secondary School Admission Test helps determine a student’s eligibility for enrollment in independent schools.

  • The SSAT is offered at three levels:
    • Elementary (for admission to grades 4-5)
    • Middle (for admission to grades 6-8) 
    • Upper (for admission to grade 9-12)
  • Each level consists of sections in math, reading comprehension, and verbal skills. The SSAT also contains an unscored writing section, which will be read and evaluated by the schools to which your child applies.
  • Since students taking the SSAT are younger, our tutors strive to make weekly tutoring sessions fun and engaging. We teach our students strategies and tricks for success, and we encourage them to show off what they learned with pride.
  • If you would like to learn more about our SSAT test prep, contact us today!

Quick Facts

Frequency

Once per month from October to April, and once in June

Duration

  • 1 hour, 50 minutes (Elementary Level)
  • 3 hours, 5 minutes (Middle and Upper Levels)

Section & Scores

Upper Level Middle Level Elementary Level
Quantitative 500-800 440-710 300-600
Reading Comprehension 500-800 440-710 300-600
Verbal Reasoning 500-800 440-710 300-600
Essay Not scored. However, the essay is sent to the schools to which the student applies.

When Should You Call Us?

Spring semester of the year prior to beginning the application process.

Thinking about taking the ISEE instead?

Empire Edge can help you determine which test is the best fit for your child. Take a look at how the exams compare, and learn more about our ISEE tutoring here.

SSAT
  • Elementary (Admission to grades 4-5)
  • Middle (Admission to grades 6-8)
  • Upper (Admission to grades 9-12)
ISEE
  • Lower (Admission to grades 5-6)
  • Middle (Admission to grades 7-8)
  • Upper (Admission to grades 9-12)
SSAT
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative (one section on Elementary level; two sections on Middle and Upper levels)
  • Essay (unscored; sent to schools)
ISEE
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Mathematics Achievement
  • Essay (unscored; sent to schools)
SSAT

Elementary Level
- 1 hour, 50 minutes

Middle/Upper Levels
- 3 hours, 5 minutes

ISEE

Lower Level
- 2 hours, 20 minutes

Middle/Upper Levels
- 2 hours, 40 minutes

SSAT
  • No calculator

Elementary Level

  • Section I: Quantitative
    - 30 questions
    - 30 minutes

Middle Level

  • Section I
    - 25 questions
    - 30 minutes
  • Section II
    - 25 questions
    - 30 minutes

Upper Level

  • Section I
    - 25 questions
    - 30 minutes
  • Section II
    - 25 questions
    - 30 minutes
ISEE
  • No calculator

Lower Level

  • Section I: Quantitative Reasoning
    - 38 questions
    - 35 minutes
  • Section II: Mathematics Achievement
    - 30 questions
    - 30 minutes

Middle Level

  • Section I: Quantitative Reasoning
    - 27 questions
    - 35 minutes
  • Section II: Mathematics Achievement
    - 47 questions
    - 30 minutes

Upper Level

  • Section I: Quantitative Reasoning
    - 37 questions
    - 35 minutes
  • Section II: Mathematics Achievement
    - 47 questions
    - 40 minutes
SSAT

Elementary Level
- 7 passages
- 28 questions
- 30 minutes
~4 minutes, 16 seconds/passage

Middle Level
- 7 passages
- 40 questions
- 40 minutes
~5 minutes, 42 seconds/passage

Upper Level
- 7 passages
- 40 questions
- 40 minutes
~5 minutes, 42 seconds/passage

ISEE

Lower Level
- 5 passages
- 25 questions
- 25 minutes
~5 minutes/passage

Middle Level
- 6 passages
- 36 questions
- 35 minutes
~5 minutes, 48 seconds/passage

Upper Level
- 6 passages
- 36 questions
- 35 minutes
~5 minutes, 48 seconds/passage

SSAT
  • Synonyms & Analogies

Elementary Level
- 30 questions
- 20 minutes

Middle Level
- 60 questions
- 30 minutes

Upper Level
- 60 questions
- 30 minutes

ISEE
  • Synonyms & Sentence Completions

Lower Level
- 34 questions
- 20 minutes

Middle Level
- 40 questions
- 20 minutes

Upper Level
- 40 questions
- 20 minutes

SSAT

Elementary Level
- 1 prompt
- 15 minutes

Middle Level
- 1 prompt
- 25 minutes

Upper Level
- 1 prompt
- 25 minutes

ISEE

Lower Level
- 1 prompt
- 30 minutes

Middle Level
- 1 prompt
- 30 minutes

Upper Level
- 1 prompt
- 30 minutes

SSAT
  • Yes (unscored)
ISEE
  • No
SSAT
  • N/A
ISEE
  • Students may sit the exam up to three times in any given 12-month admission cycle, once per testing season (August-November; December-March; April-July).

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