The Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT), and it’s used for admission to private middle schools and high schools, so, the purpose of the SSAT is to attend an elite private middle or high school, this is a test you’ll need to do well on. Because the SSAT helps test students for admission to private middle and high schools, different levels of the test are:

  • Upper Level- 8th grade and above.
  • Middle Level- 5th, 6th and 7th grade.
  • Elementary Level- 3rd and 4th grade.

The SSAT is a standardized test that assesses a student’s skills in three core areas: Quantitative, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, and Essay (optional). Also, there is a wrong answer penalty on the SSAT.

SSAT Math: The Basics

Middle/Upper-Level SSAT Test Breakdown

SSAT Math Scoring System

Here is the list of topics that are covered in SSAT Math.

Upper-Level SSAT Math Topics


  • General Problem Solving
  • Quadratic Equations & Functions
  • Equations Based on Illustrations
  • Equations Based on Word Problems
  • Exponential Expressions
  • Polynomial Expressions
  • Radical Expressions
  • Rational Expressions
  • Linear Equations


  • Estimation
  • Fractions, Decimals, and Precents


  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Perimeter, Area, & Volume
  • Problems Using Shapes & Angles
  • Transformations

Number Sense

  • Basic Number Theory
  • Prime and composite numbers
  • Rational numbers
  • Greatest Common Factor, Least Common Multiple
  • Computation/Order of Operations


  • Computational Clue Problems
  • Systems of equations
  • Interpret & Solve with Division
  • Multiples in Word Problems
  • Operations with Decimals & Fractions

Statistics and Probability

  • Counting
  • Mean, Median & Mode
  • Probability
  • Set Theory

Middle-Level SSAT Math Sub-Topics

Extra SSAT Math Question Types

Moreover, there are some additional math question types that appear in many SSAT practice materials. These may or may not appear on the official exam also.

So, these additional question types include:

  • Firstly identifying which figure can be drawn without lifting a pencil
  • And figuring out how many small cubes will fit in a big cube
  • Long division problems with a portion of the numbers represented by letters
  • Absolute value
  • “Weird symbol problems” where the SSAT includes a symbol such as * or # instead of x

You can also see how quickly you can unravel like this. Before you know it, you’re scoring way worse than you ever did on a practice test.

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