SSAT test prep

We offer expert content and test-taking strategy coaching and free proctored practice tests designed to empower SSAT students.


About the SSAT

The SSAT is an admissions test for entrance into private schools. The Upper Level test is 3 hours and 5 minutes long. The ISEE and SSAT are very similar.

The SSAT has two levels:

  1. Middle Level: for students currently in grades 5, 6, and 7
  2. Upper Level: for students currently in grade 8 and above

The SSAT includes the following content: synonyms, analogies, math, and reading comprehension. There is an essay section that is sent to the applicant’s prospective school choices as a sample of their writing.

It is important to understand the SSAT scoring procedures.

  • On this exam, ¼ of a point is subtracted for an incorrect answer, so process of elimination is an important tool.
  • There are five separately timed sections: two cover math, one contains synonyms and analogies, one tests reading comprehension, and one is experimental and does not count toward a final score.
  • The five sections have identical time limits and may be given in any order. Not every person in a test room will be taking the same section at the same time.

Learn more about SSAT scoring

Our SSAT tutoring process yields results.



An AJ director will speak with you in depth to help assess your SSAT student’s strengths and admissions goals.


A professional, experienced SSAT tutor will meet with your student for 8-10 one-hour sessions.

Ongoing Support

We’ll touch base with you throughout the SSAT prep to hear from you and pass along valuable feedback.

Students love us!

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SSAT frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How do I register for the SSAT?

You can register for the SSAT on the SSAT website

How is the SSAT test structured?

On test day, sections are given in a random order.

Timetable and Analysis of the SSAT
Section Time Allotted Number of Questions
Mathematics 25 minutes 25
Verbal Ability 25 minutes 60
Synonyms 30
Analogies 30
Mathematics 25 minutes 25
Reading Comprehension

Questions based on 7-10 reading passages

25 minutes 40
Experimental Section

(Could be any one of the above sections)

25 minutes

What does my SSAT score report mean?

The purpose of the SSAT is to offer a common measure of academic ability that can be used to compare applicants to college-preparatory and private or independent schools.

The pool of students taking the SSAT is extremely selective. Students who answer questions correctly 50-60% of the time will stand out from their peers.

SSAT students receive scaled scores and percentiles. Scores are broken down by section:

  • Verbal
  • Quantitative/math
  • Reading

The sum of all three sections is also reported.

For the Middle Level SSAT: the scaled scores range between 440 and 710, per section.

For the Upper Level SSAT: the scaled scores range between 500 and 800, per section.

The SSAT offers a scaled score range to suggest that students’ performance may change if they take different editions of the test.


Can I retake the SSAT?

Yes! A student can take the SSAT any of the 8 times it is offered throughout the year.

Meet some of our SSAT tutors!

Nieka Bright, SSAT Tutor

“My goal is to equip students with successful skills and encourage them to take educational ownership.”


Elizabeth Emery, SSAT Tutor

“I am genuinely excited when my students reach their goals and achieve higher levels of success than they thought possible.”


Andrew Nayyar, SSAT Tutor

“It is a great joy for me to nurture young minds, and I truly love to see students reach their academic goals.”

Get started with SSAT prep today.

We’ll discuss your needs and let you know how we can help. There is never a commitment to continue. We earn your business every step of the way.

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