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.

The SSAT measures students’ basic verbal, math, and reading skills for successful performance in independent schools.


Aspirants should have completed their Class 12 with subjects such as Physics (P), Chemistry (C), and Mathematics (M)/ Biology (B). Apart from this, candidates who possess a three-year diploma in any stream with a minimum 50% aggregate marks also meet the eligibility criteria for SSAT.


  • It should be 16 years to 27 years of age.
  • Proficiency in Hindi, English, and other languages.
  • Have a height of 5 feet and 2 inches and above.
  • Clear Complexion.
  • A correction of 6/6 uncorrected in both eyes.


The exam is administered on three levels:

  1. Elementary Level SSAT – For children currently in 3rd and 4th grades applying for admission to 4th and 5th grades.
  2. Middle-Level SSAT – For children currently in grades 5-7 who seek admission to grades 6 through 8.
  3. Upper-Level SSAT – For children currently in grades 8-11 who apply for admission to grades 9 through PG (Post Graduate).

What’s on the Test

There are 3 SSAT 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

Essay Question

The essay is not scored, but a copy is sent to the schools to which you apply.  It can be beneficial for students to take the SSAT test more than once.

Test takers may send their results to the independent schools they wish to apply to at any time.

Practice Questions


The SSAT consists of a brief unscored writing sample and multiple-choice sections that include quantitative (mathematics), reading comprehension, and verbal questions, and an experimental section at the end, which is unscored.

How is the SSAT scored?


500-800 (Upper Level)
440-704 (Middle Level)
300-600 (Elementary Level)

Reading Comprehension

500-800 (Upper Level)
440-710 (Middle Level)
300-600 (Elementary Level)

Verbal Reasoning

500-800 (Upper Level)
410-710 (Middle Level)
300-600 (Elementary Level)

All scores are converted to a grade-appropriate percentile.

What is a Good Score?

Scoring is a little complicated – here are the basics

Scaled Score

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.

Percentile Score

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.

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