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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.

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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  • Upper Canada College (est. 1829)   , , ,

    • SK to Gr. 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

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

    • Nursery/Toddler to Gr. 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
    • French immersion
    $17,600 to $31,100 /year
    Day Coed 17600 1-17 ,Toronto

    TMS (est. 1961)   500 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 5G1

    • Preschool to Gr. 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

    St. Michaels University School (est. 1906)   820 Victoria Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia, V8S 4N3

    • K to Gr. 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

    Country Day School (est. 1972)   , , ,

    • JK to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (740 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

    Appleby College (est. 1911)   , , ,

    • Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (491 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
    • Christian
    $33,510 to $65,980 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 33510 12-17 ,Oakville

    Crescent School (est. 1913)   , , ,

    • Gr. 3 to Gr. 12 (Boys)
    • Day school (735 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
    $32,350 /year
    Day Boys 32350 8-17 ,Toronto

    Branksome Hall (est. 1903)   , , ,

    • JK to Gr. 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

    Meadowridge School (est. 1985)   , , ,

    • JK to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (562 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
    $20,400 to $30,400 /year
    Day Coed 20400 3-17 ,Maple Ridge

    Ridley College (est. 1889)   P.O. Box 3013, 2 Ridley Road, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 7C3
    (Ridley Road / Henrietta Street)

    • JK to Gr. 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.  
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    • Christian
    $14,500 to $60,900 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 14500 3-17 St. Catharines,

    Foxcroft Academy (est. 1823)   , , ,

    • Gr. 9 to Gr. 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

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

    • Preschool to Gr. 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
    • French immersion
    $11,900 to $26,150 /year
    Day Coed 11900 2-12 Mississauga,Toronto

    Academie Providence (est. 2002)   , , ,

    • 24 months to Gr. 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
    • Christian
    $8,300 to $9,800 /year
    Day Coed 8300 1-13 ,Ottawa

    St. Clement's School (est. 1901) Open House: Apr 25   21 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1G8

    • Gr. 1 to Gr. 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
    • Christian
    $28,350 /year
    Day Girls 28350 6-17 Toronto

    Havergal College (est. 1894)   460 Rosewell Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 2H5

    • JK to Gr. 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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Liberal Arts
    • Standard- enriched
    • Christian
    $30,820 to $55,500 /year
    Day & Boarding Girls 30820 3-17 Toronto

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

    • Gr. 7 to Gr. 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
    • Christian
    $19,150 to $19,800 /year
    Day Boys 19150 12-17 Toronto

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

    • K to Gr. 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.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $11,700 to $16,000 /year
    Day Coed 11700 5-17 Calgary

    Buffalo Seminary (est. 1851)   , , ,

    • Gr. 9 to Gr. 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.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Accelerated
    US $19,840 to $46,715 /year
    Day & Boarding Girls 19840 14-17 ,Buffalo

    Mulgrave School (est. 1993)   , , ,

    • Preschool to Gr. 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.  
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Accelerated
    $17,195 to $21,370 /year
    Day Coed 17195 2-17 ,West Vancouver

    Oxford Tutorial College (est. 1988)   12 King Edward Street, Oxford, , OX1 4HT
    (n/a / n/a)

    • Gr. 10 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (150 students)
    • Boarding school (150 students)
    • Homestay 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.  
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    • Special needs , Gifted
    $33,255 to $39,447 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 33255 15-17 Oxford,

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

    • Preschool to Gr. 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.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Accelerated
    • Gifted, Special needs
    US $24,200 to $58,000 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 24200 2-17 Coconut Creek,

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

    • JK to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (145 students)
    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.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Standard- enriched
    $9,900 to $17,550 /year
    Day Coed 9900 3-17 Calgary

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

    • Gr. 6 to Gr. 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 $19,850 to $48,850 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 19850 11-17 San Marino,Rimrock

    Southridge School (est. 1995)   , , ,

    • K to Gr. 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

    Duke Academy (est. 2013)   , , ,

    • Gr. 9 to Gr. 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

    York House School (est. 1932)   4176 Alexandra Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 2V6

    • JK to Gr. 12 (Girls)
    • Day school (656 students)
    York House School offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Vancouver. Its average class size is 16 to 20 students.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Standard- enriched
    $19,600 to $23,100 /year
    Day Girls 19600 3-17 Vancouver

    St. Andrew's College (est. 1899)   , , ,

    • Gr. 5 to Gr. 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.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $27,825 to $57,940 /year
    Day & Boarding Boys 27825 10-17 ,Aurora

    De La Salle College (est. 1851)   , , ,

    • Gr. 5 to Gr. 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
    • Christian
    $13,750 to $13,850 /year
    Day Coed 13750 10-17 ,Toronto

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

    • JK to Gr. 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

    University of Toronto Schools (est. 1910)   , , ,

    • Gr. 7 to Gr. 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

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (est. 1905)   , close to Calgary, Alberta,

    • Gr. 1 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (670 students)
    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an independent, private coeducational day school for Grades K-12 close to Calgary, AB.  
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $18,780 to $21,660 /year
    Day Coed 18780 5-17 close to Calgary,Okotoks

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