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We believe succeeding on the test requires knowledge and practice. Therefore, we focus on teaching the underlying concepts behind the test, everything from grammar and logic to word problems.
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To solidify concepts and practice in a proper test-taking environment, we offer a test every week in our office.
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About the test
The SSAT, or Secondary School Admission Test, is a standardized test required by a number of independent schools worldwide. It's offered at three stages:
Elementary, for students currently enrolled in Grades 3 or 4
Middle, for students currently enrolled in Grades 5 through 7
Upper, for students currently enrolled in Grades 8 through 11
The SSAT is a strategy-based test, which is often very different from what a student is used to in the classroom. For correct answers, students gain one point. For incorrect answers, students lose one-fourth of a point. For answers left blank, there is no positive or negative effect, simply a zero towards the raw score.
The Upper Level SSAT has six sections (3 hours 5 minutes total):
Writing – 25 minutes
(Break – 5 minutes)
Quantitative Section I (Math) – 30 minutes
Reading – 40 minutes
(Break – 10 minutes)
Verbal – 30 minutes
Quantitative Section II (Math) – 30 minutes
Experimental Section – 15 minutes
Apart from the essay, all questions on all levels of the SSAT are multiple choice.
60 min (split into two 30-min sections)
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Find out more about test registration here.
January 4th, 2020
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April 25th, 2020
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October 19th, 2019
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Elaina Mercatoris has taught at the University of Florida and the Santa Fe Learning Lab. She specializes in elementary and middle school reading, writing, and math development. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Subtropics magazine, Compose Journal, Natural Bridge, and Cosmopolitan online.
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