SSAT

What is it?

  • The SSAT is the Secondary School Admission Test
  • A standardized test used by admission officers to assess the abilities of students seeking to enroll in US boarding schools
  • Standard SSAT is given on 8 designated Saturdays during the academic year at worldwide test sites (1 August to 31 July)
  • Once every month from Oct each year through Jun, except May
  • Registration for tests (of all dates) begins on 1 Aug each year and closes 3 days before the actual date of test
 

Three levels – Elementary Level, Middle Level, Upper Level 

  • Elementary Level SSATStudents currently in Grades 3-4 (i.e. P3 – P4 in HK) 
  • Middle Level SSAT: Students currently in Grades 5-7 (i.e. P5 – F1 in HK) 
  • Upper Level SSAT: Students currently in Grades 8-11 (i.e. F2- F5 in HK)

 

Format

  • Multiple Choice questions
    • 5 choices
    • 1 mark for each correct answer
    • no marks deducted for unanswered questions
    • ¼ marks deducted for each incorrect answer 
  •  Pencil and paper test
  • Five sections: (1) Writing Sample, (2) Quantitative (Math), (3) Reading Comprehension, (4) Verbal, and (5) Experimental Section
  • Duration: 3 hours and 5 minutes

1. Writing Sample

(i) NOT scored, but is included in the score reports sent to schools

Elementary: Only 1 picture prompt

Middle level: Choice between 2 creative essay questions, in 25 minutes

Upper level: Choice between 2 questions: creative or traditional essay, in 25 minutes

2. Quantitative (Math)

(i) Calculator not allowed

(ii) Include algebra, geometry, and other quantitative concepts

Elementary: 30 questions in 30 minutes (basic math concepts)

Middle level: 50 questions in two 30-minute sections

Upper level: 50 questions in two 30-minute sections

3. Reading Comprehension 

Elementary: 28 questions in 30 minutes (7 short passages, each with 4 questions)

Middle level: 40 questions in 40 minutes Reading passages range from 250 to 350 words

Upper level: 40 questions in 40 minutes Reading passages range from 250 to 350 words

4. Verbal

(i) Asks students to identify synonyms and interpret analogies

Elementary: 30 questions in 20 minutes

Middle level: 60 questions: 30 synonyms and 30 analogies in 30 minutes

Upper level: 60 questions: 30 synonyms and 30 analogies in 30 minutes

5. Experimental

(i) NOT scored

Elementary: 15-17 questions in 15 minutes

Middle level: 16 questions in 15 minutes (contains 6 verbal, 5 reading and 5 quantitative questions)

Upper level: 16 questions in 15 minutes (contains 6 verbal, 5 reading and 5 quantitative questions)

Test Result

  • Results are released to students online approximately 2 weeks after a standard test administration date.
  • Results can be released to schools designated at registration by you as a score recipient. You may also select recipient schools after you have received the scores.

Ampla’s Preparation Courses

Following our initial assessment, students will receive a customised plan based on the following curriculum which is designed to imitate US school assessments.

Verbal Skills

  • Develop vocabulary base
  • Enhance knowledge about word roots (e.g. suffixes and prefixes) in order to figure out relationships between different words (e.g. synonyms and analogies)

English Skills

  • Learn various strategies, and identify the most suitable techniques to use
  • Efficiently extract information and grasp the main idea of passages about history, literature and sciences 
  • Practice planning and writing a range of essay  topics

Maths Skills

  • Practice mental arithmetic
  • Master fundamental concepts from algebra to geometry
  • Strengthen ability to answer complicated questions tactically
  • Become familiar with a range of different types of questions

Ampla’s SSAT Course Highlights

  • 24/7 on-demand tutoring with our experienced team of US boarding school specialists
  • Flexible scheduling: online/ face-to-face lessons available
  • Tailor-made lesson plan complemented by weekly timed quizzes and progress reports

Strategic Plan

A week-by-week study plan specifically designed for you.

Targeted Approach

Review each topic with a focus on weaker areas, with condensed notes and study materials provided.

Practical Skills

Cover test-taking strategies including time management, making informed guesses and how to handle stress.

Exam Drill

Familiarize with different exam styles/ techniques/ mark schemes through practice papers.

Complimentary Consultation

Contact us now to schedule a mock test and arrange a complimentary meeting with our dedicated US boarding school specialists.

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