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Basic things to know about SSAT

The SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) is one important step as the required admission test to complete application at many of the best independent schools in the world.
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Basic things to know about SSAT

What is the SSAT?

The SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) is one important step as the required admission test to complete application at many of the best independent schools in the world. The SSAT is designed for students in grades 5 through 11 and is administered on three levels (Elementary, Middle, and Upper). There are two types of SSAT test administrations: the Standard administration and the Flex administration. Despite that, the SSAT is just one piece of information considered by schools when making admission decisions and, for the vast majority of schools, students with a wide range of SSAT scores are admitted.

The SSAT is a norm-referenced test.

A norm-referenced test interprets an individual test-taker’s score relative to the distribution of scores for a comparison group, referred to as the norm group. The SSAT norm group for the Middle and Upper Level test consists of all the test takers (same grade/gender), who have taken the test for the first time on one of the Standard Saturday or Sunday SSAT administrations in the USA and Canada over the past three years. It is important to remember that the SSAT norm group is a highly-competitive group. You are being compared to all the other students (same grade/gender) who are taking this test for admission into independent schools— some of which can be the most selective schools in the country.

What is the Purpose of the SSAT?

The SSAT is not an achievement test or a way to measure other characteristics, such as motivation, persistence, or creativity. It is designed for students who are seeking entrance to independent schools worldwide. The purpose of the SSAT is to measure the basic verbal, quantitative, and reading skills students develop over time—skills that are needed for successful performance in independent schools, regardless of students’ background or experience.

How is the SSAT Designed?

In developing the SSAT, the SSATB convenes review committees, composed of content experts and independent school teachers. The committees reach consensus regarding the appropriateness of the questions. Questions judged to be acceptable after the committee review are then pretested and analyzed. Questions that are statistically sound are ready to be selected and assembled into test forms. In fact, it is constructed to be of middle difficulty for those who take the test. As a result, the SSAT is highly reliable. 

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