SSAT Test Breakdown

Here are the sections on the SSAT*:

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT*) consists of two parts: a brief essay, and a multiple-choice aptitude test which measures your ability to solve mathematics problems, to use language, and to comprehend what you read.

The test is administered on two levels: 

  • Lower (for students currently in grades 5-7)
  • Upper (for students currently in grades 8-11)

Many editions of the test exist to ensure that no student takes the same SSAT* twice. All tests are printed in English.

The test is timed and divided into five sections. You will be given 25 minutes to complete the writing sample and 30-40 minutes to complete each of four multiple-choice sections.

Writing Sample

Includes one topic statement which you will be asked to support or argue, using specific examples from personal experience, current events, history or literature. This portion is not scored by SSAT* and a copy of the writing sample is not included with the report sent to students. (25 minutes)

Quantitative (Math)

Consists of two sections of 25 questions each. You will be required to do math computation similar to what you do in school or what is useful in everyday life. (30 minutes per section)


Consists of 30 synonym and 30 analogy questions. (30 minutes)

Reading Comprehension

Includes 40 questions based on about 7 reading passages. These questions measure your ability to read quickly and comprehend what you read. (40 minutes)

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