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It's a four-letter word that's associated with an awful lot of nervousness among many private school applicants – SSAT.

SSAT Schools

With knowledge however, comes power. So, let's de-mystify the SSAT for you, so you can be confident about what this means, and what it does not, as you embark on the application process.

What is the SSAT?

SSAT stands for Secondary School Admissions Test. This standardized test is a popular admission requirement for private schools. Schools rely on the SSAT to assess a student's overall abilities, rather than knowledge in specific subjects.

There are several important sections of the SSAT. The multiple choice aptitude test that evaluates:

Quantitative skills:

Tests problem-solving involving math, elementary algebra, geometry and concepts

Reading comprehension skills:

Tests ability to understand what is read

A writing section:

Students must write an essay responding to a topic statement. Essays aren't graded. However, a copy is sent to schools along with test scores.

There are two levels of testing for the SSAT:

Lower: For students currently in Grade 5-7
Upper: For students currently in Grade 8-10.

Why do some schools require them and others don't?

SSATs are required by almost all private schools for entry into junior and senior grades – Grade 5 and up. It's up to the individual school to determine whether it is required.

Are there any advantages to attending schools that require SSAT?

The amount of weight SSAT scores are given in the application process varies from school to school, so those requiring SSATs aren't necessarily more heavily focused on academics than those who do not.

Since many schools use various criteria to evaluate its applicants, SSATs are often the most objective tool administrators have to judge their applicants. They're also helpful when a personal interview isn't possible with an applicant.

It's important to remember that the SSAT is not an achievement test. It offers a snapshot of a student's academic capabilities, regardless of his or her current grades.

Taking the SSAT provides students and their prospective schools with an important assessment of his/her academic strengths, as well as weaknesses. This information may be particularly valuable to students taking the test in Grade 7-10, since it also provides a predicted Grade 12 SAT score.

Search our events calendar for SSAT test times and locations.

How does it work?

Students write the exam at a designated test location school.
All tests are sent to SSAT headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey where they are marked. Results are sent to schools indicated by the students.

Learn more: Private school application, testing and results.

220 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2X8

Toronto
Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent school in Ontario and offers advanced programs to both day and residential students. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • SK to 12 (Boys)
  • $30,550 to $61,010 per year
1515 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5P 3H4

Toronto
St. Michael's College School offers students in Grades 7-12 an enriched, Catholic, liberal arts education complemented by a diverse co-curricular programme. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Faith Based
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • $18,575 to $19,200 per year
21 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1G8

Toronto
St. Clement's School develops outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous and compassionate. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 1 to 12 (Girls)
  • $27,450 per year
11300 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S 1L4

Richmond Hill
Holy Trinity School offers programs for junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Richmond Hill. Its average class size is 16 to 22 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
16945 Bayview Avenue, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 4X2

Newmarket
Pickering College offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12. Its average class size is 16 to 18 students. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $21,810 to $58,025 per year
540 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3P1

Oakville
Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario offers grades 7 to 12 with enrolment of 460 day and 265 boarding students and average class sizes of 12 to 16 students. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $32,670 to $62,750 per year
2656-160th Street, Surrey, British Columbia, V3Z 0B7

Surrey
We place equal value on the development of academics and character. Our program is built around authentic, experience-based learning that develops the mind, body and spirit. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $15,050 to $17,900 per year
8569 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3M7
Elgin Mills Campus 500 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 5G1

Richmond Hill
Internationally recognized since 1961, TMS is a not-for-profit independent university preparatory school located in Richmond Hill where students, faculty and staff regularly Go Beyond. [view profile]
  • Day
  • IB School
  • Montessori
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • $13,500 to $25,000 per year
13415 Dufferin Street, King, Ontario, L7B 1K5

King
The Country Day School offers JK-12 in a co-ed, non-denominational environment located 40 minutes north of Toronto on a beautiful 100-acre campus in King. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $23,350 to $27,100 per year
306 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 1T7

Toronto
TFS - Canada's International School offers programs for various grades in Toronto. Its average class size is 12 to 22 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • $16,500 to $30,185 per year
371 Bloor Street West, Rm 119, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2R7

Toronto
University of Toronto Schools offers programs for grades seven to 12. Its average class size is 25 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $23,590 per year
414 11 A Street NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 4P3

Calgary
Accomplished, heart-felt and innovative - adjectives that describe not only our programs but more importantly, our students! Developing critical thinking, creative problem solving and greater achievement for everyone. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,700 to $17,200 per year
1451 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 2H9

Toronto
Havergal College is an all-girls school in Toronto for students in JK to Grade 12. Preparing Young Women to Make a Difference Since 1894. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $29,780 to $53,180 per year
15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 3H7

Aurora
St. Andrew's College offers programs from grades five to 12 in Aurora. Its average class size is 17 students. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • $32,825 to $57,940 per year
131 Farnham Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1H7

Toronto
De La Salle College is a Catholic, co-educational, university preparatory school in Toronto from grade five to 12, with average class sizes of 22 students and tuition at $12,950. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • $13,400 to $13,500 per year
Business Office - 4411 Manitoba Road, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4B9

Calgary
Rundle College is a university preparatory school from Preschool-Grade 12 in Calgary, Alberta. Our small class sizes of 12-16 students, gives our students the advantage of and enriched and personalized education. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $11,300 to $15,500 per year
220 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2X8
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • SK to 12 (Boys)
  • $30,550 to $61,010 per year
view profile
1515 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5P 3H4
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Faith Based
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • $18,575 to $19,200 per year
view profile
21 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1G8
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 1 to 12 (Girls)
  • $27,450 per year
view profile
11300 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S 1L4
  • Day
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
view profile
16945 Bayview Avenue, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 4X2
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $21,810 to $58,025 per year
view profile
540 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3P1
  • Day & Boarding
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $32,670 to $62,750 per year
view profile
2656-160th Street, Surrey, British Columbia, V3Z 0B7
  • Day
  • Academic
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $15,050 to $17,900 per year
view profile
8569 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3M7
Elgin Mills Campus 500 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 5G1
  • Day
  • IB School
  • Montessori
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • $13,500 to $25,000 per year
view profile
13415 Dufferin Street, King, Ontario, L7B 1K5
  • Day
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $23,350 to $27,100 per year
view profile
306 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 1T7
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • $16,500 to $30,185 per year
view profile
371 Bloor Street West, Rm 119, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2R7
  • Day
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $23,590 per year
view profile
414 11 A Street NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 4P3
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,700 to $17,200 per year
view profile
1451 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 2H9
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $29,780 to $53,180 per year
view profile
15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 3H7
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • $32,825 to $57,940 per year
view profile
131 Farnham Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1H7
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • $13,400 to $13,500 per year
view profile
Business Office - 4411 Manitoba Road, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4B9
  • Day
  • Academic
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $11,300 to $15,500 per year
view profile

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