Students applying to an independent or boarding school usually need to take either the SSAT or the ISEE. The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) was developed to offer schools a method of comparing applicants with a wide range of backgrounds and educational experiences.
Should my student take the SSAT or the ISEE?
What are the different levels of the SSAT, and which one is right for my student?
What content does the SSAT cover?
Does my student really need to prepare for the SSAT?
How is the SSAT scored?
When are the SSAT test dates, and how does one register?
Should my student take the SSAT or the ISEE? Check with the schools you're considering; some prefer the ISEE for lower and middle school admissions and the SSAT for upper school, while others will consider either exam across grade levels. Our educational consultants would be happy to speak with you about differences between the exams.
What are the different levels of the SSAT, and which one is right for my student? The SSAT is given at two levels: Lower and Upper. The Lower Level SSAT is administered to students entering 6th - 8th grade; the Upper Level exam is for students entering 9th - 12th grade.
What content does the SSAT cover? Both levels of the SSAT have four multiple-choice sections. Two of these sections are in Math. The Verbal section tests vocabulary through a combination of synonym and analogy questions. Finally, there is a Reading section that contains short passages and accompanying sets of comprehension questions. The SSAT begins with a short essay that students write in response to a prompt.
Does my student really need to prepare for the SSAT? Most young students have little experience with this type of test, and we have found that familiarizing them with the format can help ease their way. The confidence your student will gain through this experience will very likely carry over to future standardized tests.
We also measure your student's baseline in reading, vocabulary, and math and determine whether help is needed in specific content areas. Inspirica's test preparation will give your child a more solid footing in reading, vocabulary, and math.
In short, there are many excellent reasons to prepare for these tests—and they go far beyond the benefit of succeeding at an admission requirement.
How is the SSAT scored? The multiple choice sections are scored by taking the number of correct answers and subtracting a quarter of a point for every incorrect answer, which means there is a penalty for guessing. The resulting "raw" score is converted into a scaled score. These scores are then compared by grade level and gender, and students are given percentile rankings. Two percentiles are provided: SSAT and national. The SSAT percentile only includes students applying to independent schools, which is a small, competitive subset of all students at the same grade level, so the SSAT percentile is used for admission purposes. The essay does not receive a score but is forwarded to schools as a writing sample.When are the SSAT test dates, and how does one register?