The Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) is a multiple-choice aptitude test for students in grades 5-11. The test consists of verbal, quantitative (math) and reading comprehension sections. The verbal questions test students vocabulary, verbal reasoning, and ability to relate ideas logically. The quantitative (math) questions test students ability to solve problems involving arithmetic, elementary algebra and geometry and concepts. The reading comprehension section tests students ability to comprehend what they read.

In addition, the test includes a writing sample portion, which asks students to respond to a topic statement. The essay is not graded, but a copy accompanies each SSAT score report sent to a school or consultant.

The SSAT is designed for students in grades 5 through 11 and is administered on two levels:

• Middle (for students currently in grades 5-7)
• Upper (for students currently in grades 8-11)

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