The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is a standardized test that many students take when applying to private or independent middle or high schools. The SSAT is offered at three levels: Elementary, Middle, and Upper. Students currently in grades 3-4 take the elementary level exam, grades 5-7 the middle level, and grades 8-11 take the upper level exam.
SSAT Test Format, Structure, and Question Types
The SSAT includes three main sections: verbal, quantitative, and reading. It also includes an unscored writing sample. The Middle and Upper Level tests are broken down into six sections—one writing sample, one verbal section, two quantitative sections, a one reading section, and one experimental section to test new questions. The Elementary Level test has only one quantitative section and five sections total. Total testing time for the Elementary Level exam is 2 hours and 5 minutes; testing time for Middle and Upper Level exams is 3 hours and 5 minutes. The breakdown of each section is as follows:
30 analogy questions
vocabulary and verbal reasoning skills
60 minutes (two 30-minute sections)
50 multiple-choice questions
math computation and reasoning
40 minutes (one section)
7 reading passages and 40 questions
25 minutes (one section)
1 essay prompt
15 minutes (one section)
Sample questions: 6 verbal, 5 reading, 5 quantitative
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