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Test FAQs

Note:  these FAQs refer to the Middle and Upper Level SSAT.  For more information about the Elementary Level SSAT, please click here.


How do I register for the SSAT?

You may only register for the test online, using your SSAT account. Click here to begin.

Which level SSAT should I take?

Use your current grade level when registering for the test, not the grade you're applying for. If you are in 3rd or 4th grade, you'll take the Elementary Level SSAT. If you're in grades 5 through 7, you'll take the Middle Level SSAT, and if you're in grades 8 and up, you'll take the Upper Level SSAT.  If you are unsure which SSAT to take, check with the school to which you are applying for advice. Students repeating a grade should indicate one grade below their current grade.  This allows them to be compared to their new peers.

How should I list my gender if I am transgender?

When registering for the SSAT and completing the answer booklet during testing, students must indicate their gender as male or female.  This is because SSAT reports percentiles based upon both the indicated gender and also separately for all students from that grade. Transgender students should indicate the gender with which they identify and are indicating on applications to schools.​

Can I use my SSAT account from last year?      

Yes, your previous username will still work. 

Here are easy step by step instructions to login using last year's information:

  1. Log in to your SSAT student account. You can find the Student Login link at the top right hand corner of this site or simply visit portal.ssat.org.

  2. Once you are on the login page, enter your username and password.

  3. You will then see your SSAT account homepage. From this page, you will be able to register for tests, look at your scores, send scores to schools, order the Official Guide to the SSAT, send applications to member schools through the Standard Application Online, and more.

  4. Be sure to double-check your profile information. Click on the yellow button labeled "My Profile" to make any changes.

  5. If you make any updates, click "Save Changes" on the bottom of the screen.

How do I update my SSAT profile? 

It's vital that your profile information is complete and accurate. Here are easy step by step instructions to update and change your profile:

  1. Log in to your student account. You can find the link at the top right hand corner of SSAT.org or simply visit portal.ssat.org.

  2. Once you are on the log in page, enter your unique username and password and click "submit."

  3. You will then be on your SSAT portal homepage. Click on the yellow button labeled "My Profile."

  4. Your personal information will appear, including your name, address, and other vital information. Please review this information for accuracy and update as needed.  All information can be changed except name and email address.  If you need to change the name or email address, contact SSAT.

  5. Once you have reviewed and updated your information, click "Save Changes" on the bottom of the screen. Your profile will then be updated and saved.​

​How do I locate an SSAT Test Center?

  1. Click on "Find A Test Site" from the ssat.org homepage, or...

  2. Navigate to the Test/Registration page and click on the "Find a Test Center" link on the left hand side of the page (located under the blue "Registration" button).

  3. You will then be on the "Test Center Search" page. Here you can search for test centers by name, country, state, or zip code.

  4. On the left hand side, you also have the option to search for a site based on the test month you prefer, your test level, and test type, plus special checkboxes for those requiring testing accommodation sites.

  5. Once you have found the test site you are interested in, click the blue "Read More" link on the right hand side, opposite the school name and address. You will then see all the information and test dates for this location.

  6. In order to register for a test at this location, simply log into your SSAT account or create an account at portal.ssat.org.

How do I register for a test in China?

You will still register for a test through your ssat.org student account following the directions above. However, please note SSATB has partnered with only one exclusive partner ​that is authorized to administer the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) at eight testing locations throughout China—the Ameson Education and Culture Exchange Foundation.  Ameson is the ONLY organization in China authorized to administer the SSAT. You can find more information about Ameson and the SSAT in China by visiting Ameson's website​.

Can I register for a test without listing score recipients?

Yes. You do not have to list any score recipients when you register. You may designate recipients using your SSAT account at any time, either before or after testing and score release, at no charge.

How can I confirm my registration?

Your SSAT admission ticket confirms your registration and is required for entrance to the exam. The ticket will appear for downloading and printing when a registration is successfully completed. A printable version of the admission ticket is also available on your SSAT account.

Can I change something on my registration?

 Yes. Log on to your SSAT account  to make changes to your registration(s).  From there you can:

 - Add or cancel score reports online free of charge

 - Order additional score report services

 - Change your test date or location (Note:change fee applies)

Are testing accommodations available for the SSAT?

Yes, students with a disablity may apply to receive accommodations for the SSAT. These testing accommodations must be approved prior to registering for the test.   Click here for details.

I cannot test on a Saturday for religious reasons. What are my options?

SSAT schedules Sunday testing at a limited number of locations only for students who observe a Saturday Sabbath. These sites are for those students pre-registered with appropriate approval. Testing on a Sunday due to religious observance must be approved prior to registering for the test.

I can’t attend any of the Standard test dates. Can I still take the SSAT?

Yes. SSATB-member schools and educational consultants can administer the SSAT Flex test by appointment on a limited basis.  See the Flex test page for more information.

How many times can I take the SSAT?

A student may take the Middle/Upper Level SSATs on all eight Standard test dates. A student may only take one SSAT Flex Test per testing year (August 1 - July 31), in addition to the Standard tests. The Elementary Level SSATs may be taken twice per testing year.

Can I bring a snack or drink to the test?

Students may bring snacks and beverages for consumption during the breaks. Snacks and beverages may not be consumed during testing. Any snacks brought to the test center should be in clear plastic bags.

Why can't I bring a calculator?

With respect to calculators, the primary reason for not permitting their use is that this test requires the test taker to do only the slightest amount of calculation. Complex math problems are not a part of this test. The test taker is given a statement (problem) and the answer choices to the question. If test takers know what to do with the facts, they will be able to identify the best answer with very simple calculations, if any. The test is not designed to measure proficiency in the use of calculators and its focus is on basic mathematical reasoning.

Why are cell phones, electronic watches, mechanical pencils, and other items/devices prohibited? 

Many of these items can include recording devices which compromise test security. In addition, many have sounds that can disrupt testing. Please leave these devices at home. Should you require a cell phone for transportation reasons following the test, please turn it off and give it to the proctor prior to the test; it will be returned to you when testing is completed.

​When does the test begin and end?

Testing start times may vary. Check your admission ticket for more information regarding the start time for the test. The test length for the Middle and Upper Level SSATs is close to 3 hours, plus two small breaks. The Elementary Level tests are 1 hour, 40 minutes in length.  If you have been approved for extra time, the testing time increases by 1.5 times.  Use the links on the Test Levels page for a complete timing breakdown of the Elementary, Middle, and Upper Level SSATs.

How do I print my admission ticket? 

It's vital that you print your admission ticket in order to receive entry to the test.  If you do not have an admission ticket, you will not be allowed entry to the test site.

  1. Log in to your ssat.org student account. You can find the link at the top right hand corner of SSAT.org ("Student Login") or simply visit portal.ssat.org.

  2. Once you are on the log in page, enter your unique username and password and click submit.

  3. You will then be on your SSAT portal homepage. Click on the blue "My Tests" button.

  4. A list of the tests you registered for will then appear organized by date. 

  5. Click on the "Print Admission Ticket" link corresponding to the test date. This will allow you to print the admission ticket from your computer.

  6. Please note any special instructions about the test center indicated on your admission ticket. This may include the name of the building where the test will occur, parking instructions, and more.

Fees and Payment

How can I cancel a test that I will not attend?

If you have to miss the test for any reason, please note that refunds are not available. You may, however, change your test date and/or site by 5 pm on the Friday following your original test date for a fee through your student account.   

How do I pay for the test?

Test fees can be paid online using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or SSAT fee waiver.

What is a fee waiver and how do I obtain one?

If you cannot pay the test fee due to economic hardship, you may be eligible to receive a fee waiver. Fee waivers are available from schools only. SSAT does not offer fee waivers directly to students and families. To request a fee waiver, contact the admission office at the school to which you are applying prior to registering for the SSAT. A fee waiver provides access to the SSAT and may cover the full or partial domestic/international test fee, as decided by the issuing school. It does not include publications, score reports, writing samples, or late registration fees.   Only one fee waiver can be applied at the time of registration. Fee waivers must be obtained before you register for a test.

Does SSAT offer refunds?

No, but you may reschedule to a different test date or site for an additional fee. ​


Is your website secure?

Yes. The SSAT web site is secure and safe for the submission of personal and payment information. SSAT utilizes Authorize.net and current SSL technology to ensure secure online transactions. 

If you get an error message that says the page is not available:

Your browser may have cached an older version of the registration; sometimes, simply clicking on "Refresh" will access the updated page.  If you continue to experience difficulty, please email us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with information about the browser (i.e., Chrome, Internet Explorer) and platform (Mac, PC) that you are using, so that we may investigate the problem. We have found that the Firefox browser does not work well with our site, and the site is not optimized for mobile or tablet use.