SSAT Registration for 2021-2022

SSAT registration for the 2021-2022 testing season (test dates between August 1, 2021 and July 31, 2022) will begin on August 1, 2021. Check back in late July for complete updates on test dates, availability, and other information. If you are interested in testing on August 1, 2021 or later, do NOT register until August 1, 2021. The Paper-Based SSAT has been the trusted admission assessment for independent schools. This paper-based test is administered at…

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At-Home Testing for the SSAT Is Available

At-home testing for the SSAT will continue for the 2021-2022 testing season, with dates beginning in August 2021. Registration opens August 1, 2021, only available in the U.S. and Canada for Middle and Upper Level. Here is how the SSAT at home works: STEP 1: Registration. Register for the SSAT at Home through your account. STEP 2: Schedule. After you complete your registration, you will be sent an email to schedule your test with PSI,…

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Here’s the Key to Mastering the SSAT Fiction Story Essay

Here’s what you need to know about mastering the SSAT fiction story essay, which requires creative writing and using your imagination. If you are taking the middle level SSAT, you will be required to write a fiction story essay based on a prompt; if you are taking the upper level SSAT, you have the option of writing a standard essay or writing the fiction story essay. Either way, you won’t have much time, just 25…

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Do You Know How to Interpret Your Child’s SSAT Score?

Private schools use the test scores for about ⅓ of their admission decision. They typically consider grades, scores, and extracurriculars/recommendations all equally. Remind your child that this test is not the end of the world, and will not be the only indicator of their ability to get into a good school. A perfect SSAT score is not necessary, and schools are looking for well-rounded students, so the test is just one part of the application.…

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Top 7 Tips for What Not To Do on the SSAT Exam

If your child is interested in attending an independent school, they will likely need to take the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT exam) in order to apply. We have the information you need on what not to do on the SSAT exam. Don’t guess unless you can eliminate one or more answer choices as wrong. To read more about the guessing strategy for the SSAT, click here. Don’t rush, but keep moving. Use your time…

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Do You Know How to Interpret Your Child’s SSAT Score?

SSAT Score and Score Reporting Not sure how to read your child’s SSAT score report? Your child’s SSAT score report will contain the following information: Number of Items: The number of items in the content sections and subsections. Number Correct: The number of correct answers for the content sections and subsections. Percent Correct: The percentage of correct answers for the content sections and subsections. Scaled Score: A score which has a range of values from…

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SSAT Test Day: Do You Know What to Expect?

Test Day Checklist:  1. Print your student’s admission ticket. Log in and click “print ticket” if you didn’t print it during registration. Get step-by-step instructions. Approved for testing accommodations? Be sure to bring the second page titled “Testing Accommodations Approval.” 2. Know what to bring. Make sure your student has the following items: Admission Ticket #2 Pencils (no mechanical pencils) Snack or Drink TIP: Bring snacks and drinks in a clear zip-top bag with your…

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The One-Two Pass: General SSAT Test-Taking Strategy

In the Synonym, Analogy, and Math sections of the SSAT, it is important for you to become comfortable with the one-two pass strategy.  In the first pass, you should only attempt problems that you feel you have a good chance of being able to answer correctly. In the second pass, you should attempt the remaining problems. By using the one-two pass strategy, you won’t get caught up on a difficult problem halfway through and run…

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Mastering the SSAT Fiction Story Essay

Here’s what you need to know about mastering the SSAT fiction story essay, which requires creative writing and using your imagination. If you are taking the middle level SSAT, you will be required to write a fiction story essay based on a prompt; if you are taking the upper level SSAT, you have the option of writing a standard essay or writing the fiction story essay. Either way, you won’t have much time, just 25…

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Mastering the Reading Sections of the SSAT Test

The key to mastering the reading sections of the SSAT tests is two-fold: reading the passage effectively, and answering the questions efficiently. The reading section of the SSAT tests is designed to assess how well you are able to grasp the main idea and tone of a passage. The most important thing to remember is that you are not expected to retain details as you read. This is different from how you probably read other…

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