Reading Your Middle/Upper Level SSAT Score Report
(see below for information on Elementary Level score reports)
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Be sure that the student’s name and date of birth are correct. Also check to ensure that the student was registered using her/his current grade, which determines which test level the student took and the comparison/norm group for the SSAT Percentile.
The Test You Took
The student will have taken either the Middle Level SSAT if he/she is currently in grades 5-7 or the Upper Level SSAT if he/she is currently in grades 8-11. There is a different score scale for each level.
SSAT scores are broken down by section (Verbal, Quantitative/Math, Reading). A total score (a sum of the three sections) is also reported.
For the Middle Level SSAT the lowest number on the scale (440) is the lowest possible score a student can earn and the highest number (710) the highest score.
For the Upper Level SSAT, the lowest number on the scale (500) is the lowest possible score a student can earn and the highest number (800) is the highest score.
The SSAT is scored on a bell curve: 50% of students score above the mean (or average) and 50% below.
Personal Score Range
The student’s SSAT score falls right in the middle of their "Personal Score Range." If a student takes another version of the SSAT within a short period of time, their scores would fall within one Standard Error of Measurement (SEM) of their previous score. For the Middle and Upper Level SSAT, the SEM is 18 points. A score that falls within one SEM of a previous score is not statistically different.
The SSAT Percentile (1 to 99) compares the student's performance on the SSAT with that of other students of the same grade and gender who have taken the SSAT in the U.S. and Canada on a Standard test date in the previous three years. For students who have taken the SSAT more than once, only their first set of scores is included in the norming process.
Test Question Breakdown
This section provides information about the test’s content and the student’s test-taking strategies. Examine the ratio of wrong answers to omits.
Predicted Range of Grade 12 SAT Scores
For students in grades 7–10, SSATB offers a predicted SAT score range. The middle of the range is the actual predicted score number. The range on either side of this number indicates where the student might score on the SAT based on information gleaned from the SSAT score report.
Estimated National Percentile
The Estimated National Percentile is provided for students in grades 5-9 and places the student’s performance in the context of all students nationally, not just those applying to private/independent schools. The Estimated National Percentile is generally much higher than the SSAT Percentile. While this metric is included on score reports to provide context for families, it is not generally used by admission officers.
Reading Your Elementary Level SSAT Score Report
Your child’s Elementary SSAT score report will contain the following information:
Number of Items: The number of items in the content sections and subsections.
Number Correct: The number of correct answers for the content sections and subsections.
Percent Correct: The percentage of correct answers for the content sections and subsections.
Scaled Score: A score which has a range of values from 300 to 600. The mean value of the content sections’ scaled scores is 450.
Scaled Score Percentile Rank: The scaled score percentile rank is a score which has values from 1 to 99. It compares performance to other students taking the same examination.
Total Scaled Score: The total scaled score is the sum of the scaled scores for the Quantitative, Verbal, and Reading Sections. It has a low value of 900, a high value of 1800, and a mean of 1350.