A standardized test focused on verbal, math, and reading skills, the SSAT is not an achievement test or a measurement of personal characteristics. It is one component of a complete application.
Depending on the level, students can take the paper-based Flex SSAT at a school or test center, the computer-based SSAT at Home, or the computer-based SSAT at a Prometric test center.
Registration is now open for the SSAT at Home, the SSAT at Prometric Test Centers, and the paper-based SSAT.
We offer a number of free webinars for families to assist them during the admissions process and provide more information about the SSAT, the Standard Application Online, and the Character Skills Snapshot.
We offer SSAT Practice Online and The Official Guide to the SSAT.
The SSAT is a norm referenced test, which means that a student’s SSAT scores are compared to a hypothetical average student from a norm group. The SSAT norm group consists of all first-time test takers over the past three years in the U.S. and Canada.
This group is highly competitive; a student’s results are compared only with other students of the same grade and gender who are applying to some of the most selective independent schools in the country.
We are committed to ensuring that test takers with disabilities receive reasonable accommodations when taking the SSAT. To take the SSAT with testing accommodations, families must:
If you cannot pay the full amount of the test fee due to economic hardship, you may be eligible to receive a fee waiver. Simply request a fee waiver from the admission office at a school to which you are applying and follow the directions on ssat.org when you register for the test. A fee waiver applies to the test fee only — it does not cover late fees or service fees. A fee waiver can be used for any digital or paper-based SSAT. Fee Waivers are not available directly from EMA, the provider of the SSAT.
In order to support multiple testing options including the SSAT at Home, testing at a Prometric test center, and paper-based testing, keep in mind these important rules about test changes:
If you are currently enrolled at a school that is a member of The Enrollment Management Association and are working with the school's placement director, or if you are using an educational consultant to help you manage your admission process, you may permit them to manage your student registration account. Follow the directions in the tutorial below to include your advisor during the registration process.