The Secondary School Admissions Test is used for entrance into independent schools. The SSAT is administered by a non-profit organization, the Enrollment Management Association, which administers the test to over 900 schools and institutions all over the world.
The SSAT is a norm-reference test, which measures your score against a hypothetical average student. The ‘average’ student is created using the scores of all test-takers your age in Canada and the US.
What’s on the Test
There are 3 SSA levels – Elementary (3rd and 4th grades), Middle Level (5th to 7th grades) and Upper level ( 8 – 11 grades). The information below is UPPER LEVEL.
Quantitative (2 parts) – Basic math including arithmetic, geometry and algebra
Reading Comprehension – main idea, purpose, inferences and conclusions, vocabulary – meaning in context
Verbal – Vocabulary and reasoning – Synonyms and Analogies
What is a Good Score?
Scoring is a little complicated – here are the basics
The scaled score is the total for the reading, quantitative and verbal sections. The lowest possible score is 500 and the highest, 800 for each section.
The lowest total scaled score is 1500 and the highest 2400, with a median of 1950.
The percentile is a number from 1 to 99 which compares your score to all other test takers your age in the last 3 years in Canada and the US.