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 their vocabulary, verbal reasoning, and ability to relate ideas logically. The quantitative (math) questions test their ability to solve problems involving arithmetic, elementary algebra, geometry and problem-solving concepts. The reading comprehension section tests their ability to understand 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)
The SSAT is divided into a total of five sections as shown in the table below:
||Number of Questions
|Math (2 sections)
||25 per section
||30 minutes per section
||30 synonym 30 analogy
||40 (based on ~7 reading passages)
||2 hrs. 35 min.
Learn more about the SSAT.