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Applying to a private school with SSAT exams

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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.

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.

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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.
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  • TMS School (est. 1961)   8569 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3M7

    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (750 students)
    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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Montessori
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Accelerated
    $14,075 to $25,440 /year
    Day Coed 14075 2-17 Richmond Hill

    Country Day School (est. 1972)   13415 Dufferin Street, King, Ontario, L7B 1K5

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (730 students)
    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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $24,100 to $27,950 /year
    Day Coed 24100 3-17 King,

    Upper Canada College (est. 1829)   220 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2X8
    (St Clair Ave W / Avenue Rd)

    • K to 12 (Boys)
    • Day school (1072 students)
    • Boarding school (88 students)
    Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent boys' school in Ontario. Our graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Accelerated
    $30,860 to $61,560 /year
    Day & Boarding Boys 30860 4-17 Toronto,

    Crescent School (est. 1913)   2365 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M2L 1A2
    (Bayview Avenue / Lawrence Avenue East)

    • 3 to 12 (Boys)
    • Day school (715 students)
    Crescent School is a Toronto independent school for boys only, Grades 3 to 12. Tuition starts at $30,750. Crescent offers a variety of extra-curricular activities including sports, arts, outreach and robotics.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $31,750 /year
    Day Boys 31750 8-17 Toronto,

    St. Michaels University School (est. 1906)   3400 Richmond Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V8P 4P5
    (Richmond Rd / McRae Ave)

    • K to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    Independent K-12 boarding & day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university prep. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family.  
    • Progressive
    • Standard- enriched
    $17,235 to $61,590 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 17235 5-17 Victoria

    Appleby College (est. 1911)   540 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3P1
    (Lakeshore Road West / Fourth Line)

    • 7 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (487 students)
    • Boarding school (273 students)
    Appleby College in Oakville is recognized globally as one of Canada's leading independent schools. Breadth, excellence, innovation and caring are the characteristics that define the essence of the Appleby experience.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto, Halton-Peel
    • Liberal Arts
    • Standard- enriched
    $32,670 to $62,750 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 32670 12-17 Oakville,

    St. Michael's College School (est. 1852)   1515 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5P 3H4

    • 7 to 12 (Boys)
    • Day school (1030 students)
    St. Michael's College School offers students in Grades 7-12 an enriched, Catholic, liberal arts education complemented by a diverse co-curricular programme.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Liberal Arts
    • Standard- enriched
    $19,150 to $19,800 /year
    Day Boys 19150 12-17 Toronto

    Meadowridge School (est. 1985)   12224 240th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V4R 1N1
    (240th Street / Dewdney Trunk Road)

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (540 students)
    Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. See for yourself and join us for a tour every Friday from 9:00am to 11:00am.  
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $19,400 to $25,900 /year
    Day Coed 19400 3-17 Maple Ridge,

    TFS - Canada's International School (est. 1962)   306 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 1T7
    (Bayview / Lawrence)

    • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (1225 students)
    TFS - Canada's International School offers Canada's only bilingual IB programs from PK to Grade 12. Average class size is 12 to 22 students. Entrance Scholarship to Grade 7 is available.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto, Halton-Peel
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Accelerated
    $17,600 to $31,100 /year
    Day Coed 17600 1-17 Toronto,

    Branksome Hall (est. 1903)   10 Elm Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1N4
    (Bloor Street East / Mount Pleasant Road)

    • JK to 12 (Girls)
    • Day school (834 students)
    • Boarding school (66 students)
    Branksome Hall is an all girls school in Toronto, from JK to Grade 12, including 56 boarding students. Tuition ranges from $28,995 to $31,245 for day students.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $29,590 to $56,855 /year
    Day & Boarding Girls 29590 3-17 Toronto,

    The Stony Brook School   1 Chapman Parkway Stony Brook, NY 11790, Stony Brook, New York, 11790

    • 7 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (166 students)
    • Boarding school (180 students)
    With a motto of “Character Before Career,” The Stony Brook School seeks to educate students in matters of the mind, body, and heart. Top ranked US University Prep school.  
    • Liberal Arts
    US $23,600 to $54,000 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 23600 12-17 Stony Brook

    Duke Academy (est. 2013)   4576 Yonge Street, Unit 602, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 6N4
    (Yonge / Sheppard)

    • 9 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (30 students)
    • Homestay school (14 students)
    Duke Academy 4576 Yonge St. Unit 602, Toronto, ON, M2N 6N4  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $15,860 /year
    Day Coed 15860 14-17 Toronto,

    Southwestern Academy (est. 1924)   2800 Monterey Road, San Marino, California, 91108

    • 6 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (34 students)
    • Boarding school (110 students)
    Southwestern Academy is a coeducational boarding and day school with a location in San Marino, California and Rimrock Arizona. We offer small class instruction with personalized lessons and an international student body.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    US $19,750 to $47,850 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 19750 11-17 San Marino,Rimrock

    Rundle College (est. 1985)   Business Office - 4411 Manitoba Road SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4B9

    • K to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (1080 students)
    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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Calgary
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $11,700 to $16,000 /year
    Day Coed 11700 5-17 Calgary

    St. Clement's School (est. 1901)   21 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1G8

    • 1 to 12 (Girls)
    • Day school (470 students)
    St. Clement's School develops outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous and compassionate.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Liberal Arts
    • Standard- enriched
    $28,350 /year
    Day Girls 28350 6-17 Toronto

    Holy Trinity School (est. 1981)   11300 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S 1L4

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (730 students)
    HTS offers a remarkable opportunity for students from JK-12 to shape their own experience through our comprehensive academic and co-curricular programming, lead by our incredible faculty and staff.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Progressive
    • Standard- enriched
    $24,615 to $27,860 /year
    Day Coed 24615 3-17 Richmond Hill

    University of Toronto Schools (est. 1910)   371 Bloor Street West, Rm 119, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2R7
    (Bloor St / Spadina Rd)

    • 7 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (650 students)
    University of Toronto Schools offers programs for grades seven to 12. Its average class size is 25 students.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Liberal Arts
    • Accelerated
    $23,590 /year
    Day Coed 23590 12-17 Toronto,

    Delta West Academy (est. 1993)   414 11 A Street NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 4P3

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (145 students)
    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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Calgary
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $9,900 to $17,550 /year
    Day Coed 9900 3-17 Calgary

    St. Andrew's College (est. 1899)   15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 3H7
    (St. John's Sideroad / Yonge Street)

    • 5 to 12 (Boys)
    • Day school (367 students)
    • Boarding school (259 students)
    St. Andrew's College offers programs from grades 5 to 12 in Aurora. Its average class size is 17 students.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $27,825 to $57,940 /year
    Day & Boarding Boys 27825 10-17 Aurora,

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) (est. 1962)   1293 Meredith Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario, L5E 2E6
    (Cawthra / Lakeshore)

    • Preschool to 7 (Coed)
    • Day school (165 students)
    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade seven. Its average class size is 12 to 22 students.  
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Accelerated
    $11,900 to $26,150 /year
    Day Coed 11900 2-12 Mississauga,

    Crofton House School (est. 1898)   3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1

    • JK to 12 (Girls)
    • Day school (885 students)
    Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC is a university preparatory school with JK to grade 12 classes. Tuition starts at $16,000.  
    • Progressive
    • Standard- enriched
    $18,960 /year
    Day Girls 18960 3-17 Vancouver

    De La Salle College (est. 1851)   131 Farnham Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1H7
    (Avenue Road / St. Clair Ave.)

    • 5 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (640 students)
    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.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Standard- enriched
    $13,750 to $13,850 /year
    Day Coed 13750 10-17 Toronto,

    North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)   7600 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Florida, 33073
    (Lyons Road / Yellow Bird Farin)

    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (900 students)
    • Boarding school (330 students)
    North Broward Preparatory School is a K-12 co-educational day and boarding school located in S. Florida located minutes from the beach with IB, AP, and LD classes set on 80 acres with year round hockey.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Accelerated
    US $24,200 to $55,500 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 24200 2-17 Coconut Creek,

    Southridge School (est. 1995)   2656-160th Street, Surrey, British Columbia, V3Z 0B7

    • K to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (680 students)
    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.  
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $14,750 to $25,250 /year
    Day Coed 14750 5-17 Surrey,

    Havergal College (est. 1894)   1451 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 2H9
    (Lawrence Avenue West / Avenue Road)

    • JK to 12 (Girls)
    • Day school (860 students)
    • Boarding school (50 students)
    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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Liberal Arts
    • Standard- enriched
    $30,820 to $55,500 /year
    Day & Boarding Girls 30820 3-17 Toronto

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (est. 1905)   RR 2, Okotoks, Alberta, T1S 1A2
    (Range Road 12 / 306 Ave W)

    • 1 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (670 students)
    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an independent, private coeducational day school for Grades 1-12 close to Calgary, AB.  
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $18,780 to $21,660 /year
    Day Coed 18780 6-17 Okotoks,close to Calgary

    Academie Providence (est. 2002)   998 Frances Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1K 3L5
    (Donald St / Frances St)

    • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    • Day school (200 students)
    Providence Academy is the only Private French Catholic School offering a trilingual program of study in Ontario with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition starts at $8,050  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
    • Progressive
    • Standard- enriched
    $8,050 to $12,300 /year
    Day Coed 8050 1-13 Ottawa,

    Foxcroft Academy (est. 1823)   975 West Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, 04426
    (Sanford St / Guilford Rd)

    • 9 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (352 students)
    • Boarding school (98 students)
    Day & Boarding school with all boarding for International students Academic & Sports Grade 9 - 12 Tuition International $41,000 USD  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Standard- enriched
    US $22,000 to $41,000 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 22000 14-17 Dover-Foxcroft,