The Elementary Level SSATs (separate 3rd and 4th grade tests) are multiple-choice admission tests that consist of four sections, given in this order:
The registration fee for the Elementary Level SSAT is $80. To register:
When arriving at the test site, be sure to have your child’s SSAT Admission Ticket, which you received after registering him/her for the test. Your child will be checked into the test site by the administrator and will take a seat in the testing room. Parents are not allowed in the testing room. Once all students are seated, the proctor will begin. The proctor will read a series of instructions to ensure that students have the correct test booklet and that they understand how to mark their answers in the test booklet. Testers mark their answers directly in the test booklets by coloring in the circle next to their answer choice.
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How do schools use my child's scores?
Schools use your child's scores in different ways—to estimate your child's ability to do work in a private school, to compare your child's performance with other applicants for admission, and/or to compare the test score with your child's present academic record. Each school evaluates a child's scores according to its own standards and requirements. Specific questions about how test scores are used in the admission process should be directed to the school's admission officer.
Are special testing accommodations, such as extra time, available for the Elementary SSAT?
Yes, families who can provide school documentation verifying that their child routinely receives special accommodations in his/her current academic setting may apply for special accommodations. Special accommodations must be approved
in advance of test registration. For more information,
visit the special accommodations section.
How many times can my child take the Elementary SSAT?
Your child may take the Third Grade SSAT once during the testing year (August 1- July 31). The Fourth Grade SSAT may be taken twice during the testing year.
Are snacks or drinks allowed on the day of the test?
Yes, your child may bring snacks and beverages for consumption during the break. Snacks and beverages must be in a clear plastic bag and may not be consumed during testing.
Can my child use the restroom during the test?
A 15-minute break is provided during the test for trips to restroom. A child may raise his/her hand to use the restroom at any time during the test, but the child may not make up the missed testing time.
Should my child guess if he/she doesn't know the answer?
Encourage your child to try to answer every question, making his/her best guesses about the questions of which he/she is unsure. There are no penalties for wrong answers.
How do I report my child's scores to schools?
You may indicate the school's name at the time of test registration, or you may wait to receive your child's scores before designating score recipients through your child's online SSAT account.
Are fee waivers available for the Elementary SSAT?
Yes, you may request a fee waiver from the school to which you are applying, if you are unable to pay the test fee due to economic hardship. A fee waiver covers the cost of the test only and can be used in lieu of a credit card during test registration. SSATB does not offer fee waivers directly to students/families.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with information about the browser (i.e., Firefox, Internet Explorer) and platform (Mac, PC) that you are using, so that we may investigate the problem.
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