– For those who have researched on studying at independent schools in the United States, the term SSAT must have been familiar to you. Here are 5 simple tips to improve your SSAT scores that are most popular with students.

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What is SSAT?

SSAT is a standard entrance test required by many private high schools around the world, especially in the US. The SSAT is considered by high schools as an entry-level measurement for admission candidates, to ensure that they are able to adapt themselves to a learning environment entirely in English.

SSAT consists of 3 levels:

Age  Level Score
Grade 3-4 SSAT Elementary Level Test 900 – 1800
Grade 5-7 SSAT Middle-Level Test 1320 – 2130
Grade 8-11 SSAT Upper-Level Test 1500 – 2400

It is very rare for students to register for SSAT Elementary because parents rarely let their children study abroad when they are still at a young age. Even if they were to study abroad or want to settle in the US at that age, most Elementary schools in the United States do not necessarily require SSAT Elementary certification.

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SSAT Exam structure

Before learning 5 simple tips to improve your SSAT score, students should be aware that SSAT score will be calculated based on 3 sections: Verbal, Quantitative and Reading

In addition to that, there are 2 additional sections: Writing and Experimental. Other than the Elementary level which does not include the Experimental section, both Middle and Upper levels have the same structure. Below is the SSAT exam structure of Middle and Upper level:

Section Number of questions Question types Time
Writing 01 Essay (no grading) 01 essay based on the ability to create or use personal experience, history, literature or a contemporary event 25 minutes
Break 5 minutes
Math 25 Questions Math computation and reasoning 30 minutes
Reading 7 Reading passages and 40 Questions Reading comprehension 40 minutes
Break 10 minutes
Verbal 60 Questions
  • 30 synonym questions
  • 30 analogy questions
30 minutes
Math 25 Questions Math computation and reasoning 30 minutes
Experimental 16 Questions (no grading)
  • 06 Verbal questions
  • 05 Reading 
  • 05 Quantitative
15 minutes

5 simple tips to improve your SSAT scores

Tip 1: Don’t randomly pick an answer

What you need to remember in the SSAT test is that you will receive 1 point for each correct answer, but you will lose ¼ points for each incorrect answer while losing no points upon leaving blank answers. This “penalty point” is used to prevent students from taking “shot in the dark”.

Tip 2: Never stop practicing

In order to familiarize yourself with the question types and exam structure, continuous practicing past paper is your best resolve. Practicing a lot will help you overcome your mistakes and learn from your experiences.

Tip 3: Seek helps

Students who want to take the SSAT usually are in grade 8 to grade 10, but at this time they are still young and not deeply aware of self-study, so if possible seeking help from teachers at school (if you are an international student) on sections that you do not fully understand or if there are too many impediments, SSAT preparation center can be of use for more methodical instruction.

Tip 4: Take supplementary classes at SSAT preparation center

As mentioned above, students who take the SSAT are still too young from high school to be able to actively find review materials and study plans for themselves, plus their parents are not familiar with this certificate. By going to these SAT preparation centers, students will be guided by a team of experienced teachers in a methodical, focused, and practical way to convey each lesson, which can help students advance tremendously.

Tip 5: Keep calm

Keep in mind that SSAT is only part of your overall admissions profile. It’s not everything, so calmly do the test because your attitude and emotions will have a direct impact on the results of the examination.

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