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SSAT Schools

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.

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.


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)
  • $25,675
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)
  • $22,000
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)
  • Varies
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)
  • $21,220 - $53,880
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 UE (Boys)
  • $29,150 - $55,010
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
  • Academic
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $30,980 - $56,860
Bayview Campus 8569 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3M7
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
  • PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
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)
  • $22,200 - $25,950
2365 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M2L 1A2
Toronto
Crescent School is Toronto private school for boys only, offering grades three to 12. Tuition starts at $27,275 and class sizes do not exceed 20 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • $29,150
2656-160th Street, Surrey, British Columbia, V3S 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)
  • $14,350 - $17,150
414 11 A Street NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 4P3
Calgary
Our connectedness provides a stimulating and interactive learning context to develop critical thinking, creative problem solving and greater achievement. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $8,900 - $16,000
RR 2, Okotoks, Alberta, T1S 1A2
Okotoks
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School offers programs from grades one to 12 in Okotoks. Its average class size is 16 to 20 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • $16,650 - $19,530
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)
  • Varies
371 Bloor Street West, 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
  • Academic
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $22,792
3467 Duval Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7J 3E8
North Vancouver
Brockton School, a traditional private school in North Vancouver, BC offers K to grade 10. Tuition ranges from $12,825 to $14,200. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $14,140 - $15,656
4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 1V1
Vancouver
St. George's School offers programs from grades one to 12 in Vancouver. Its average class size is 20 to 22 students. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Alternative
  • 1 to 12 (Boys)
  • $18,140 - $53,500
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 to UE (Coed)
  • $12,060 - $28,900
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)
  • $30,640 - $52,640
, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540
Princeton
Explore the world and your place within it. Serving grades 6-12, international students and post-graduates. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • $51,500 USD
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)
  • Varies
Numerous Campuses/Business Office located at 4411, 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
  • PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
70 Morven Drive, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7S 1B2
West Vancouver
Collingwood School is a private school in West Vancouver, BC from JK to grade 12. Tuition starts at $7,900. The school is a member of Round Square. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $16,000 - $19,000
21 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1G8
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 1 to 12 (Girls)
  • $25,675
view profile
11300 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S 1L4
  • Day
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $22,000
view profile
1515 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5P 3H4
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Faith Based
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Varies
view profile
16945 Bayview Avenue, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 4X2
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $21,220 - $53,880
view profile
220 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2X8
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • SK to UE (Boys)
  • $29,150 - $55,010
view profile
540 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3P1
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $30,980 - $56,860
view profile
Bayview Campus 8569 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3M7
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
13415 Dufferin Street, King, Ontario, L7B 1K5
  • Day
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $22,200 - $25,950
view profile
2365 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M2L 1A2
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • $29,150
view profile
2656-160th Street, Surrey, British Columbia, V3S 0B7
  • Day
  • Academic
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $14,350 - $17,150
view profile
414 11 A Street NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 4P3
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $8,900 - $16,000
view profile
RR 2, Okotoks, Alberta, T1S 1A2
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • $16,650 - $19,530
view profile
131 Farnham Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1H7
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
371 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2R7
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $22,792
view profile
3467 Duval Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7J 3E8
  • Day
  • Academic
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • $14,140 - $15,656
view profile
4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 1V1
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Alternative
  • 1 to 12 (Boys)
  • $18,140 - $53,500
view profile
306 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 1T7
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Nursery to UE (Coed)
  • $12,060 - $28,900
view profile
15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 3H7
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • $30,640 - $52,640
view profile
, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • $51,500 USD
view profile
1451 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 2H9
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Varies
view profile
Numerous Campuses/Business Office located at 4411, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4B9
  • Day
  • Academic
  • PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies
view profile
70 Morven Drive, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7S 1B2
  • Day
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $16,000 - $19,000
view profile
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