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SSAT Test Sections

SSAT Test Sections Broken Down

The SSAT test sections consists of two 30 minute Mathematics sections which have both 25 questions each, which include basic algebra, and general questions called quantitative reasoning which will range from word problem s to equations.

A Verbal section which lasts 30 minutes and includes 30 questions regarding Synonyms and 30 questions regarding Analogy.

The Reading Comprehension section is 40 minutes long with 40 questions based on 7 reading passages which are given. This means candidates must understand what they are reading and also read quickly.

In the Essay section of the SSAT test the candidate will be required to write an essay to support or argue against a statement on a particular topic using examples from previous experience of history, literature as well as current events. The essay section of the test will last 25 minutes and candidates will have one side of paper to write on. The essay is not scored but it is sent to the respective schools in which the candidate is applying for entry to.

There are 3 levels with the SSAT test.

  • Elementary Level for 4th and 5th grade students
  • Middle Level for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students
  • Upper level for 9th , 10th , 11th and 12th grade students

For Middle and Upper level entrants the Mathematics will consist of two 30 min sections, one at the start and one at the end along with the verbal and reading sections.


What Exactly are SSAT’s?

The Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) is used mainly for admission into private junior high and high schools, boarding schools and military schools in the U.S. and also around the world. The SSAT and ISEE test are both used by most private and boarding schools as part of the admissions process.


The SSAT test takes 155 minutes to complete and consists of four multiple choice sections and a writing section. The tests include Mathematics and Reading Comprehension as well as Verbal. The writing section is not marked or scored by SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test), or sent back to students but a copy is sent to the student’s schools.