Taking the SSAT


When you begin to apply to independent schools, you will find that many of the top American and Canadian schools will ask you to submit a report of your scores on the SSAT, an admission aptitude test used by more than 600 independent schools and given in 76 countries.

Admission officers use the SSAT as a common measure for evaluating the abilities of all students, regardless of background or experience.

The SSAT measures student ability in basic math, verbal and reading comprehension, and it evaluates the student’s ability to think logically and to solve problems systematically. The SSAT does not measure creativity, artistic or athletic talent, or motivation. Admission officers value these qualities as well, and they find evidence of them in a student’s writing sample, essay, grade history, letters of recommendation and interview. SSAT scores are just part of the student’s whole application for admission.


Learn more about the SSAT.