Interpreting SSAT Scores

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How do schools look at SSAT scores? And what do scores mean as part of the overall admission application?

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Are my student's SSAT scores good enough?

The requirements for each school are different, and your best option is to speak with their admission representatives, as only they can explain how they use scores and what emphasis they place on various elements of your application.

When reviewing SSAT score reports, we encourage families and admission officers to focus on the scaled score, which appears as "Your Score." The scaled score offers the most precise measure of a student's performance and is consistent over time—a scaled score today means the same as it did 30 years ago.

The SSAT percentile is also helpful for admission consideration as it compares performance with other SSAT test-takers in the same grade. 

If you're concerned about your child's scores, it's essential to remember that most schools look at prospective students holistically. In addition to the SSAT, schools get to know students and develop an understanding of who is a good fit for their programs through:

Please use the free resources we've compiled on to help your family throughout the application process. You may also consider subscribing to Admission Academy for advice from top private school admission directors and other industry experts.

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Scheduling the SSAT at Home

Beginning in mid-July, SSAT at Home signup will be available through the test registration process. When a parent or guardian logs into their account, they will be able to register for the SSAT at Home, then they will be directed to schedule their student's test date. Detailed information and guidelines will be provided when SSAT at Home registration opens.

Families who have already registered for a 2020 test date but have yet to take the exam due to COVID-19 cancellations will receive priority SSAT at Home scheduling. More spaces will be opening soon.

The SSAT at Home is currently only available in U.S. and Canada for Middle and Upper Level Students.

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