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Make Your Mark With the SSAT®

Since 1957, the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) has set the gold standard for private school admission assessments.

We proudly provide three convenient and fair testing options for families, along with official study materials to help students achieve their best. The SSAT is also available with accommodations and fee waivers for qualified test takers.

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Three Ways to Take the SSAT

Choose the SSAT testing option that works best for your family. While the Elementary Level SSAT for students in grades three and four is paper-based only, the Middle and Upper Level versions are available in the following formats. Please note that the testing year that defines the maximum number of SSAT tests students can take runs from August 1 through July 31.

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Your Child's SSAT Experience

Official SSAT Practice Materials and Study Guides

Our official SSAT practice materials are created by The Enrollment Management Association, the organization that develops the SSAT. Start by logging into our portal and taking the free 30-minute, online mini-test to identify areas for improvement. Then, dig in with an online subscription to our study materials and four full-length practice tests, or utilize the resources in our SSAT Guide Books.

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SSAT Testing Accommodations

We are committed to ensuring that reasonable SSAT accommodations are available when necessary. Any student diagnosed with, or suspected of having a disabling condition or impairment that substantially limits their ability to perform a major life activity, may be eligible to receive testing accommodations when completing the SSAT. Major life activities include but are not limited to seeing, hearing, speaking, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and learning.

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Fee Waiver Program

We believe all students deserve an opportunity to apply to private schools, and we provide more than $2 million in fee waivers annually to make this possible. To see if your family qualifies, please request a fee waiver from the admissions office of a school to which you are applying. If the school approves your request, simply enter the provided fee waiver code on the SSAT registration payment page.

In addition to removing the testing fee for any paper-based or digital SSAT, the waiver also applies to our online practice materials and Admission Academy, which become available after you've registered for the SSAT using the fee waiver.

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SSAT Advice Articles

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How to Get Your Best Score on the SSAT

Learn the best strategies for improving SSAT test scores on the Middle and Upper Level versions with advice from the organization that created the SSAT.

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6 Stress-Reducing Tips for Feeling Good About the SSAT

Did you know that standardized test stress can impact performance? Learn how to help your child stay in the right frame of mind for the SSAT.

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Which SSAT Testing Method Should Your Child Take?

With three SSAT testing methods to choose from—paper, Prometric, and at-home—how do you know which one is right for your child? Let’s take a closer look.

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SSAT Registration

Whether taking a paper- or computer-based SSAT, registration begins with account creation. Your account is also used for accessing SSAT practice materials, Admission Academy, the Character Skills Snapshot, and the Standard Application Online.

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