SSAT Practice Test

The Secondary School Admissions Test or the SSAT is a standardized test taken by students and submitted as part of their application to college preparatory independent schools, whether day or boarding. 

It has the following sections:  

  • Quantitative (Math): 30 questions composed of math computation.
  • Verbal: 30 vocabulary and analogy questions.
  • Reading: 28 questions based on reading passages.
  • Writing Sample: There is one writing prompt. The writing sample is not scored, but schools use it to assess writing skills.
  • Experimental: There is one section of mixed content questions (verbal, reading, and math). This section does not count toward reported scores.

It’s important to note that the SSAT penalizes guessing, so students have to be strategic in answering. It also uses unconventional word problems, analogies, and various types of passages from nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, forcing students to think more creatively. However, it can be taken several times.

The SSAT has proven to be an exceptionally valid indicator of first-year student success. The best way to ensure success is test preparation, part of which is taking the SSAT practice tests. This will familiarize you with the format and develop strategies to avoid test fatigue.