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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.

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.
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    The Country Day School (est. 1972)

    • King, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (760 students)
    The Country Day School offers JK-12 in a co-ed, non-denominational environment located on 100 beautiful acres just north of Toronto in King. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$24,850 to $28,825Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day24850

    Appleby College (est. 1911)

    • Oakville, Ontario
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$33,510 to $65,980MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day33510

    TFS - Canada's International School (est. 1962)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • NS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (1230 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. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$17,600 to $31,100Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day17600

    Branksome Hall (est. 1903)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$29,590 to $56,855Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day29590

    TMS (est. 1961)

    • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    • PS 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. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$14,075 to $25,440Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day14075

    Crescent School (est. 1913)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 3 to 12 Boys
    • Day school (743 students)
    Crescent School is a Toronto independent school for boys only, Grades 3 to 12. Tuition starts at $32,350. Crescent offers a variety of extra-curricular activities including sports, arts, outreach and robotics. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$32,350MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Day32350

    Upper Canada College (est. 1829)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • SK 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. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$30,860 to $61,560Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding Day30860

    St. Michaels University School (est. 1906)

    • Victoria, British Columbia
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$17,235 to $61,590Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day17235

    Meadowridge School (est. 1985)

    • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (560 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. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$20,400 to $30,400Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day20400

    Rundle College (est. 1985)

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (1080 students)
    Rundle College is a university preparatory school from Kindergarten-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]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$11,900 to $16,300Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day11900

    Southwestern Academy (est. 1924)

    • San Marino, California
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$19,850 to $48,850 USDMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day19850

    Mulgrave School (est. 1993)

    • West Vancouver, British Columbia
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (900 students)
    Mulgrave School offers programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 in West Vancouver. Its average class size is 20 students with teacher to student ratios of 1:8. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$17,195 to $21,370Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day17195

    Crofton House School (est. 1898)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$18,960Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day18960

    Ridley College (est. 1889)

    • St. Catharines, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (307 students)
    • Boarding school (358 students)
    Ridley College is an acclaimed co-educational boarding and day school that prepares meaningful and flourishing lives by teaching the habits of mind, body, and spirit, and the values needed to lead in a global society. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$15,500 to $63,700Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day15500

    Delta West Academy (est. 1993)

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Accomplished, confident and innovative - adjectives that describe not only our programs but more importantly, our students. Developing critical thinking, creative problem solving and academic excellence for everyone. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$9,900 to $17,550Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9900

    St. Clement's School (est. 1901)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 1 to 12 Girls
    • Day school (470 students)
    St. Clement's School develops outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous and compassionate. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$28,350Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day28350

    York House School (est. 1932)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Girls
    • Day school (656 students)
    York House School provides an exceptional education for girls from JK to Gr. 12. We instill in each girl the belief and confidence that girls can do anything! [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • Reggio Emilia
    Standard-enriched$20,600 to $21,400Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day20600

    St. Andrew's College (est. 1899)

    • Aurora, Ontario
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$30,120 to $63,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding Day30120

    University of Toronto Schools (est. 1910)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Accelerated$23,590MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day23590

    Oxford Tutorial College (est. 1988)

    • Oxford,
    • 10 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (150 students)
    • Boarding school (150 students)
    Oxford Tutorial College is a leading independent college specialising in A-level and GCSE tuition for students grade 10 to 12, intending to go on to higher education at a good British University. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$33,255 to $39,447Coed Boarding Day Homestay33255

    Foxcroft Academy (est. 1823)

    • Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
    • 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 [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$22,000/semester to $41,000 USDHighSchools Coed Boarding Day22000

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (est. 1905)

    • Okotoks, Alberta
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (675 students)
    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an independent, private coeducational day school for Grades K-12 close to Calgary, AB. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$18,780 to $21,660Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day18780

    Havergal College (est. 1894)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Girls
    • Day school (870 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. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$31,725 to $58,000Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day31725

    Duke Academy (est. 2013)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Duke Academy 4576 Yonge St. Unit 602, Toronto, ON, M2N 6N4 [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$15,860HighSchools Coed Day15860

    Buffalo Seminary (est. 1851)

    • Buffalo, New York
    • 9 to 12 Girls
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    Independent day and boarding school for college-bound girls. Our STEAM curriculum is unique, and creative, independent thinking is valued. Located in Buffalo, NY, girls access the best of city living. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Accelerated$19,840 to $46,715 USDHighSchools Girls Boarding Day19840

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) (est. 1962)

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • PS 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. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$11,900 to $26,150Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day11900

    De La Salle College (est. 1851)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$14,150 to $14,550MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)

    • Coconut Creek, Florida
    • PS 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. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$24,200 to $58,000 USDPreschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day24200

    St. Michael's College School (est. 1852)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Boys
    • Day school (1035 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. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$18,700MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Day9999999999

    Southridge School (est. 1995)

    • Surrey, British Columbia
    • 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. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$14,750 to $25,250Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day14750

    Academie Providence (est. 2002)

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • NS 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 [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$8,300 to $9,800Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day8300

    Brockton School (est. 2004)

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Brockton is a co-ed, JK to Grade 12, IB Continuum World School located in beautiful North Vancouver. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$16,400 to $23,700Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

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