What's the Difference Between Standard and Flex?
A Standard test is a group administration of the SSAT held at sites worldwide on eight Saturdays each year. Most students will take a Standard test. Click here for Standard test dates and deadlines.
If you are not testing on a Standard date, you are taking a Flex test. Within a testing year (August 1 - July 31), a student may take as many Standard tests as desired; the Flex test may be taken only once.
Limited testing is offered on Sundays for those students who cannot test on Saturdays due to religious observance; see the Special Accommodations page for details and instructions.
The SSAT Flex Test
A Flex test is a group or individual administration on any date other than the Standard test dates. You may only take one Flex test in a testing year (August 1 - July 31). Once you have taken a Flex test, the only options you will see online for any additional registrations will be Standard test dates.
*Please note: Educational consultants may charge families an SSAT administration fee. Please check with your educational consultant prior to testing to determine if he/she charges these fees.
There are several types of administrations that fall under the Flex test category:
Open Flex Test
If your school is hosting a group test on a non-Standard date, it is considered an SSAT Flex test.
Closed Flex Test
If you are testing with an educational consultant, or taking an individual or small group test that has been prearranged at a member school, you will take a "closed" Flex test, which requires an access code obtained directly from the educational consultant or school for registration. You should only register for a closed Flex test if you have already made an appointment to test.
How to Register for the SSAT with an Access Code (PDF)
Regional Flex Test
Several regional groups of schools host test administrations on dates other than the Standard test dates. Although they are called "regional" tests, they are still considered Flex test administrations. Therefore, a student may test at only one open regional Flex administration OR one closed Flex administration per year. For more information about the regional tests, please use the links below:
Canada: Alberta/British Columbia
Canada: Ontario Consortium
USA: Missouri, St. Louis
USA: Oregon, Portland