The SSAT is a standardized test taken by students seeking to enroll in independent schools, administered by Enrollment Management Association.

  1. Upper Level: for students currently in grades 8–11
  2. Middle Level: for students currently in grades 5–7
  3. Elementary Level: for students currently in grades 3–4

SSAT Upper-Level Exam Information:

The SSAT (upper level) has four sections: quantitative questions, reading comprehension questions, verbal questions, and writing samples. The SSAT has the same score for all inquiries. To evaluate relative performance, raw scores are calculated for each section and the SSAT percentile (1-99) is given. There is a negative marking on the SSAT.

Number of Questions and Time Limit

o Writing Sample: 1 Unscored|25 Min.

o Quantitative Math: 25 MCQs|30 Min.

o Reading: 25 MCQs|40 Min.

o Verbal: 60 MCQs|30 Min.

o Quantitative Math: 25MCQs|30 Min.

o Experimental- 16 MCQs

Time Limit: 2 hours and 55 minutes

Important things to remember during Test Day:

a) Morning of the Test Day:

  • Wake up early, and do 5 – 10 minutes of breaking exercise.
  • Take a shower to feel completely awake.      
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Leave early to reach 20 minutes before the check-in time.
  • Wear a watch or carry a clock to track the time.
  • Make sure you bring a facemask and sanitizer.

b) What to Bring in Bag pack:

There are only a few things you really need to bring on test

day, and a lot of things you’ll be better off leaving at home. Be sure to bring.

  • Photo ID (the driver’s license, School Id, etc.).
  • Keep the printed copy of the admission ticket.
  • #2 HB sharpened pencils, at least five pencils, and an eraser.
  • Calculator – the use of scientific calculators, calculator watches, or calculator
  • applications on laptops or personal computers are strictly prohibited.
  • Water bottle or any drink as per your liking.
  • Snacks.

c) During the Test:

Be prepared to answer your health questions before entering the test center.

  • Listen and follow the proctor’s instructions carefully.
  • Set the timer/clock for each section 5 times less than the end time.          
  • Remember to review all the answers before moving to the next test section.
  • You will get a 10-minute break after Quantitative Math and Reading and a 5-minute
  • break after Writing Sample. Go out and have snacks or drinks or socialize a little bit.
  • Do not discuss anything related to the test.
  • Do not move to the next section until the proctor instructs.

d) Here are some test-taking tips:

  • Pay attention to all the testing directions.
  • Read the questions thoroughly, but do not spend too much time on one question.
  • Select the best choice and try to answer as many questions as possible.
  • There is a penalty for a wrong answer, so be careful while attempting the question.
  • Ensure that you select the answer for the right test question on your answer
  • sheet.
  • After you finish the test, review your answers.

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