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 two levels: Lower and Upper. Students currently in grades 5-7 take the Upper Level Test; students currently in grades 8-11 take the Lower Level Test.
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 test is 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. Total testing time 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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