The Standard
Paper SSAT

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Since 1957, the traditional paper SSAT has led the way in private school admission assessments. Learn how to register and take it at one of our authorized test centers below.

Registration is


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Closes on April 17.

Standard registration is


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Reopens on August 1.

Taking the Paper SSAT

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The traditional paper SSAT remains the preferred option for many students because it resembles the classroom testing experience with students completing answer sheets and the writing sample in pencil. The Standard SSAT is administered at authorized test centers, typically schools.

Review the Standard paper test dates below to get started and search for a test center near you. You'll also want to learn what to expect on test day and help your student do their best with our official SSAT practice materials.

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2023–2024 Standard Paper Test Dates

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Registration is currently open.

Registration is closed.

Reopens on August 1.

The Standard paper test dates are listed below. Availability varies by location, and if you don't find a Standard test that works for your family, consider Flex testing or taking a computer-based SSAT via Prometric or at-home testing. Please note that registration for Standard tests with accommodations closes 14 days before each test.

The "International" designation refers to all testing locations outside of the United States and Canada.

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All Standard paper test dates have passed. Please check back on August 1.

Paper Testing Notes

Paper Standard SSATs begin at 9 a.m. local time of the test center unless otherwise noted on your student's admission ticket. Plan to arrive 30-45 minutes before the start time. A Late Fee applies for registrations between the Sunday three weeks before each test and the Sunday two weeks prior, when a Rush Fee applies until registration closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on the Wednesday before each test.

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We are committed to ensuring that test takers with disabilities receive reasonable accommodations when taking the SSAT.

About Accommodations
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Parents/guardians must have an SSAT account to register a student for the SSAT. Use your account to:

  • Print or view your admission ticket
  • Change your test date, location, and contact information
  • Add or cancel score recipients
  • Track your test registrations, school inquiries, and applications
  • Receive your SSAT score report(s)
  • Order study guides and additional services
  • Participate in online SSAT Practice

Use the Account Login to create or access your account.

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Scores from paper tests are typically released to schools and families within two weeks after completed test materials are received. Families can access scores and send them to schools and educational consultants for free through our online portal. We also offer add-on score services for notifications, printed reports, and hand scoring.

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The Official SSAT Practice Materials from the assessment team that creates the SSAT include Online Practice and Guide Books. Both have four full-length practice tests mirroring the SSAT experience. Get started with the free Mini-Practice Test to identify where to focus studying.

Questions about SSAT test options, scores, and more?