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.
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:
Tests problem-solving involving math, elementary algebra, geometry and concepts
Tests ability to understand what is read
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.
Lower: For students currently in Grade 5-7
Upper: For students currently in Grade 8-10.
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.
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.
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.
|$32,570 to $64,305
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||32570|
|Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||29500|
Upper Canada College (est. 1829)
Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent boys' school in Ontario. Our IB graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide. [View profile]
|$32,650 to $64,205
|Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Boys||32650|
St. George's School (est. 1930)
St. George's School in Vancouver offers university-preparatory program to Canadian and International boarding students from Grade 8 to 12. The School's mission: Building Fine Young Men. One Boy at a Time. [View profile]
|$22,450 to $68,085
||HighSchools Boarding Boys||22450|
TFS - Canada's International School (est. 1962)
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]
|$19,180 to $32,980
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||19180|
Crescent School (est. 1913)
Crescent School is a Toronto independent day school for boys in Grades 3 to 12. Our learning environment develops students' characters through academics, arts, athletics, business, outreach and robotics. [View profile]
|MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys||33250|
TMS (est. 1961)
Internationally recognized since 1961,TMS is the leading university preparatory school in Richmond Hill with Montessori & IB frameworks that provide students with the foundation for a life of goodness & excellence. [View profile]
|$16,750 to $29,000
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||16750|
Appleby College (est. 1911)
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]
|$36,510 to $72,875
|MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed||36510|
|$18,000 to $19,500
|MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||18000|
|$21,300 to $31,300
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||21300|
Montverde Academy (est. 1912)
Founded in 1912, Montverde Academy is an elite college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-K3 through post-graduate studies with a distinct student population from over 80 countries worldwide. [View profile]
|US $7,875 to US $51,350
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed||7875|
|$17,195 to $21,370
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||17195|
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed||9999999999|
North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)
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]
|US $24,200 to US $59,950
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed||24200|
Buffalo Seminary (est. 1851)
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]
|US $21,900 to US $52,750
||HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||21900|
Ridley College (est. 1889)
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]
|$16,500 to $65,700
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed||16500|
|$10,660 to $26,545
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed||10660|
|$15,450 to $22,930
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||15450|
|$14,575 to $14,875
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||14575|
|$35,120 to $63,500
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Boys||35120|
Rundle College (est. 1985)
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]
|$12,300 to $17,625
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||12300|
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||29900|
University of Toronto Schools (est. 1910)
University of Toronto Schools (UTS) offers a transformative education to high-achieving students in Grades 7 to 12. UTS graduates take initiative and innovate as socially responsible global citizens. [View profile]
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||26050|
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys||19500|
Academie Providence (est. 2002)
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: $8,800-10,300. Extracurricular activities: $600-$650. [View profile]
|$9,000 to $10,500
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed||9000|
|$32,750 to $59,875
|Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||32750|
Delta West Academy (est. 1993)
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]
|$9,900 to $17,550
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||9900|