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What Is the SSAT?

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Definition: SSAT is the Secondary School Admissions Test. Private schools throughout the world use the SSAT as a standardized admissions test. Since curricula, teaching and assessment standards vary from school to school, a standardized test is one tool admissions personnel use to determine if an applicant can do the work at their school.

The test consists of a short essay and multiple choice aptitude questions. The aptitude testing concentrates on math, reading comprehension and the use of language.

Like the ISEE the SSAT is offered at two levels: Lower and Upper. Lower is for students in grades 5-7. Upper for students in grades 8-11.

Need help paying the test fees? Ask the school to which you are applying for a Fee Waiver.

While the SSAT is offered several times a year, most students take the tests in November and December in order to meet the application deadlines of most schools in January.

Find more terms in the Private School Glossary.

Also Known As: The Secondary School Admissions Test
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From the SSAT site: "The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) consists of two parts: a brief essay, and a multiple-choice aptitude test which measures your ability to solve mathematics problems, to use language, and to comprehend what you read."

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