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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.

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.

3400 Richmond Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V8P 4P5
820 Victoria Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia, V8S 4N3

Victoria
Independent K-12 boarding & day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university prep. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Progressive
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $17,235 to 61,590/year
12224 240th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V4R 1N1

Maple Ridge
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. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $19,400 to 25,900/year
2365 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M2L 1A2

Toronto
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. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Traditional
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • $31,750/year
10 Elm Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1N4

Toronto
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. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $29,590 to 56,855/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
540 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3P1

Oakville
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. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $32,670 to 62,750/year
306 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 1T7

Toronto
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. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Language-based
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • $17,600 to 31,100/year
220 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2X8

Toronto
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. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
  • K to 12 (Boys)
  • $30,860 to 61,560/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
  • Traditional
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $23,350 to 27,100/year
8569 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3M7
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
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • $14,075 to 25,440/year
11300 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S 1L4

Richmond Hill
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. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $23,075 to $24,770 per year
1293 Meredith Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario, L5E 2E6

Mississauga
TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade seven. Its average class size is 12 to 22 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Language-based
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Preschool to 7 (Coed)
  • $11,555 to 25,390/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
  • Liberal Arts
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $23,590/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
4576 Yonge Street, Unit 602, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 6N4

Toronto
Duke Academy 4576 Yonge St. Unit 602, Toronto, ON, M2N 6N4 [view profile]
  • Day
  • Traditional
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $13,860/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
  • Liberal Arts
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $30,820 to 55,500/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
  • Liberal Arts
  • Faith-based
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • $13,400 to $13,500 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
  • Liberal Arts
  • 1 to 12 (Girls)
  • $28,350/year
1 Chapman Parkway Stony Brook, NY 11790, Stony Brook, New York, 11790

Stony Brook
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. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • Faith-based
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • US $23,600 to 54,000/year
975 West Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, 04426

Dover-Foxcroft
Day & Boarding school with all boarding for International students Academic & Sports Grade 9 - 12 Tuition International $41,000 USD [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • US $22,000 to 41,000/year
3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1

Vancouver
Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC is a university preparatory school with JK to grade 12 classes. Tuition starts at $16,000. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $18,960/year
15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 3H7

Aurora
St. Andrew's College offers programs from grades 5 to 12 in Aurora. Its average class size is 17 students. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Traditional
  • 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • $27,825 to 57,940/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
  • Traditional
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $11,300 to $15,500 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
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $14,750 to 25,250/year
3065 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5L 1J3
5870 Kennedy Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L4Z 4G6

Mississauga
Kindergarten to Grade 8. Enriched, Academic Programmes. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Gifted
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • $10,690 to 11,860/year
3400 Richmond Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V8P 4P5
820 Victoria Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia, V8S 4N3
  • Day & Boarding
  • Progressive
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $17,235 to 61,590/year
view profile
12224 240th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V4R 1N1
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $19,400 to 25,900/year
view profile
2365 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M2L 1A2
  • Day
  • Traditional
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • $31,750/year
view profile
10 Elm Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1N4
  • Day & Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $29,590 to 56,855/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
540 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3P1
  • Day & Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $32,670 to 62,750/year
view profile
306 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 1T7
  • Day
  • Language-based
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • $17,600 to 31,100/year
view profile
220 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2X8
  • Day & Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
  • K to 12 (Boys)
  • $30,860 to 61,560/year
view profile
13415 Dufferin Street, King, Ontario, L7B 1K5
  • Day
  • Traditional
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $23,350 to 27,100/year
view profile
8569 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3M7
500 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 5G1
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • $14,075 to 25,440/year
view profile
11300 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S 1L4
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $23,075 to $24,770 per year
view profile
1293 Meredith Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario, L5E 2E6
  • Day
  • Language-based
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Preschool to 7 (Coed)
  • $11,555 to 25,390/year
view profile
371 Bloor Street West, Rm 119, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2R7
  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $23,590/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
4576 Yonge Street, Unit 602, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 6N4
  • Day
  • Traditional
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $13,860/year
view profile
1451 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 2H9
  • Day & Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $30,820 to 55,500/year
view profile
131 Farnham Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1H7
  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • Faith-based
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • $13,400 to $13,500 per year
view profile
21 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1G8
  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • 1 to 12 (Girls)
  • $28,350/year
view profile
1 Chapman Parkway Stony Brook, NY 11790, Stony Brook, New York, 11790
  • Day & Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • Faith-based
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • US $23,600 to 54,000/year
view profile
975 West Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, 04426
  • Day & Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • US $22,000 to 41,000/year
view profile
3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $18,960/year
view profile
15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 3H7
  • Day & Boarding
  • Traditional
  • 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • $27,825 to 57,940/year
view profile
Business Office - 4411 Manitoba Road, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4B9
  • Day
  • Traditional
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $11,300 to $15,500 per year
view profile
2656-160th Street, Surrey, British Columbia, V3Z 0B7
  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $14,750 to 25,250/year
view profile
3065 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5L 1J3
5870 Kennedy Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L4Z 4G6
  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Gifted
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • $10,690 to 11,860/year
view profile

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