The SSAT is a virtually unspeeded assessment, meaning that most students have adequate time to consider each question. Students in grades 3–11 are assessed on their verbal, math, and reading skills. A non-scored writing sample is also included to assess writing ability. The SSAT often concludes with an experimental section that isn't scored or reported but is essential to validating future questions. Learn more via the level links below.
The SSAT is written and reviewed by independent school educators and content and testing experts. Every question goes through a rigorous standardized process of validation.
The SSAT adheres to strict administration and the highest degree of statistical scoring procedures to deliver accurate and comparable results.
EMA ensures that test takers with disabilities receive reasonable accommodations when taking the SSAT. SSAT fee waivers and equity tech kits are also available.
SSAT pricing varies based on the method and level of testing. Fee waivers are also available for qualified test takers. All pricing is in U.S. dollars.
- Late Registration: $59 (Paper Standard)
- Rush Registration: $100 (Paper Standard)
- A surcharge fee is applied to credit card purchases (some exclusions apply)
SSAT scoring compares each student to a norm group of first-time SSAT test-takers in the United States and Canada over the past three years. Highly competitive, the norm group is composed of students of the same grade who apply to the most selective independent schools in the country.