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Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is an admission test required by many of the finest independent schools around the world, including many in St. Louis. The SSAT is a timed, multiple-choice admission test which includes the following:
  • a brief unscored writing sample
  • a quantitative (math) section, which measures computational skills
  • a verbal section which measures understanding of synonyms and analogies
  • a reading comprehension section which measures a student’s ability to read quickly and to comprehend what has been read.
The test generally takes approximately three hours and is given regularly throughout the winter months in St. Louis.
ISSL secondary schools who use the SSAT recommend that students take the exam by January 31, 2017 but families should verify test and application deadlines with each school they are considering.
 
The test is available in three versions:
  • The Elementary Level test is taken by students who are applying to Grades 4 and 5.
  • The Middle Level test is taken by students who are applying to Grades 6-8.
  • The Upper Level is test taken by those students who are applying to grades Grades 9-12.
The SSATB offers two test forms; the Standard Test and the Regional/Flex Test. Within the SSAT testing year (August 1-July 31) the Standard Test can be taken more than once and on any of the Standard Test dates; the Regional/Flex Test can be taken only once.
  • The Standard Test is given in St. Louis in December, January and March.
  • The test location has no bearing on the admission process at a family’s school of choice. In addition, the date of test administration does not in any way affect a student’s scores. There is no advantage to a student that takes an earlier administration of the test.
  • Score reports can be sent to as many schools as needed, either before or after viewing the child’s score. Score reports ordered online are free and unlimited.
  • The registration deadline for Standard Test dates is three weeks prior to the test date. The late registration deadline is two weeks before the test date and an additional fee applies; late registration is only available online.
  • A rush registration deadline is the Wednesday before the test and additional fees apply.
  • The registration deadline for a Regional/Flex Test date is two weeks prior to testing. There is no Late or Standby Registration for a Regional/Flex Test.
  • SSAT does not accept walk-in registrants; all students must be registered prior to testing.
  • All students requiring special testing accommodations must provide verification that they routinely receive special accommodations in their current school setting. School-documented accommodations include (but are not limited to):
  • Permission to mark answers directly in the test booklet
  • Large print test booklet and materials
  • Use of laptop computer with spelling aid for writing sample only
  • Extra time (1.5 standard time per section)
Families may go to www.ssat.org for complete information about the Standard and Regional/Flex Tests, test dates, test registration and special accommodation information. Registration for the 2016-2017 SSAT opens August 1, 2016.

Testing Schedule

Standard Test Administration

Standard Tests online at www.ssat.org. SSAT does not allow walk-in registrations. The latest possible date to register for the test is the Wednesday prior to the test date. This is rush registration and additional fees apply. Special Testing Application (A) applies; see www.ssat.org for details and instructions. All Standard Tests start at 9:00 AM. Check In begins at 8:30 AM.
 
For late and rush registration dates visit SSAT website.

Test Date & Registration Deadline Schools Administering the Test
Test Date:
Sat, Dec. 10, 2016
Registration Deadline: 
Nov. 19, 2016
Test Date:
Sat, Dec. 11, 2016*
Registration Deadline:
Nov. 19, 2016
Thomas Jefferson School
Test Date:
Sat, Jan. 7, 2017
Registration Deadline:
Dec. 17, 2016
Test Date: 
Feb 11, 2017
Registration Deadline:
Jan. 21, 2016
* Sabbath Testing Only. See SSAT.org for requirements prior to registering.

Participating Schools

Special Accommodations Testing

This test is ONLY for students with a documented physical challenge or learning difference necessitating accommodations. Special accommodation testing is offered at several ISSL schools. Detailed instructions for seeking special testing accommodations can be found at www.ssat.org.
 
All students requiring special testing accommodations must provide verification that they routinely receive special accommodations in their current school setting. School-documented accommodations include (but are not limited to):
  • Permission to mark answers directly in the test booklet
  • Large print test booklet and materials
  • Use of laptop computer with spelling aid for writing sample only
  • Extra time (1.5 standard time per section)

Deadline: For these test sites, Special Testing Application must be received by SSAT two weeks prior to the test. Late or incomplete forms will be returned by US mail and may delay testing. Submit application materials as early as possible; not all requests may be approved for the date/site requested.

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