SSAT Practice Test 2021 and Study Guide (Printable PDF)

Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) Practice Test 2021 and Study Guide. Download Free Printable PDF sample questions answer quiz for your SSAT Test Prep Online.

The SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) and the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination) are the two most widely used admission tests at private schools in the United States. These tests help school administrators compare the academic abilities of students from a variety of elementary and presecondary schools.

SSAT Practice Test 2021

Because the use of SHSAT is so limited, or SSAT Practice Test offers no preparation for it. If you will be taking the SHSAT, try our free the New York City Specialized High Schools Admissions Test.

The schools to which you are applying will tell you which test is required, but it is up to you to make your own arrangements for taking the exam and submitting your scores in a timely fashion. Both the SSAT and the ISEE test the same basic verbal, reading, and quantitative skills. This book examines both of these important private school admission tests in depth. It offers valuable tips and strategies for answering each question type and provides full-length sample exams to help you simulate actual test conditions at home. As any good test-taker will tell you, knowing what to expect is half the battle when it comes to earning top scores!

Test Name Secondary School Admission Test
Examination modes There are three ways to take the Middle or Upper-Level test inside the U.S. and Canada
Test Cost in the US
Elementary Level: $90
• Paper-based Testing
• Flex Testing
Middle Level/Upper Level: $149
• SSAT at Home
• Flex Testing
• SSAT at Prometric Test Centers
International Testing Cost
Elementary Level: $203
• Paper-based Testing
• Flex Testing
Middle Level/Upper Level: $287
• Paper-based Testing
• Flex Testing
• SSAT at Prometric Test Centers

SSAT Exam Level

There are three levels of the test: the Elementary Level (EL), for students in grades 3 and 4 who are applying to grades 4 and 5; the Middle Level, for students in grades 5–7 applying for grades 6–8; and the Upper Level, designed for students in grades 8–11 who are applying for grades 9–12 (or PG (Post-Graduate year before college)).

  1. Elementary Level (EL) in grades 3 and 4
  2. Middle level for students in grades 5–7
  3. Upper level for students in grades 8–11

SSAT Test Content

  • Quantitative (Math): One section of 30 questions composed of math computation.
  • Verbal: One section of 30 vocabulary and analogy questions.
  • Reading: One section of 28 questions based on reading passages.
  • Writing Sample: There is one writing prompt. The writing sample is not scored, but schools use it to assess writing skills.
  • Experimental: One section of mixed content questions (verbal, reading, and math). This section does not count toward reported scores.
Elementary Level Middle Level Upper Level 
Total Questions 104-106 questions 167 questions 167 questions
Time Duration 2 hours, 5 minutes. 3 hours, 10 minutes. 3 hours, 10 minutes.

SSAT Score

SSAT scores are computed by awarding 1 point for each correct answer and subtracting 1/4 point for each incorrect answer. This calculation produces a Raw Score, which is then converted to a Scaled Score by the use of tables constructed specifically for each test.

On the lower-level test, verbal, quantitative, and reading scores are reported on a scale of 440–710. Total scores are also reported on a scale of 1320–2130.

For the Middle-Level SSAT sections, the lowest number on the scale (440) is the lowest possible score a student can earn, and the highest number (710) the highest score. The lowest total score is 1320 and the most is 2130.

On the upper-level test, verbal, quantitative, and reading scores are reported on a scale of 500–800. Total scores are also reported on a scale of 1500–2400

SSAT Practice Test & Study Guide (Official)

The Official Study Guide for the SSAT includes information about the format of the SSAT, it’s timing, scoring, and content, as well as sample questions and tips about how to prepare for each section. These guides offer the only official printed, paper-and-pencil practice SSATs available, to most closely match your actual test-taking experience.

The Official Study Guide for the Middle and Upper-Level SSATs each contains four full-length practice tests. Official Study Guides can be ordered online via your SSAT account.

The SSAT is just like other standardized tests: if you practice, you will feel more confident that you’ll do well. Sign up for SSAT Practice Test Online at least a couple of months before you plan to take the test (your subscription lasts a full year, so the earlier the better!) or purchase the printed Official Guide to the SSAT.

SSAT Contact

• online at www.ssat.org.
• by phone at 609-683-4440.
• by mail at SSAT, CN 5339, Princeton, NJ 08543.