What is the SSAT?
The SSAT is a timed, multiple choice test for students in grades 3 through 11 and is administered on three levels:
- Elementary (for students currently in grades 3-4) *Test available in U.S. only
- Middle (for students currently in grades 5-7)
- Upper (for students currently in grades 8-11)
Both the Middle and Upper level SSAT consist of verbal, quantitative (math) and reading comprehension sections. The verbal questions test your vocabulary, verbal reasoning, and ability to relate ideas logically. The quantitative (math) questions test your ability to solve problems involving arithmetic, basic algebra and geometry, and concepts. The reading comprehension section tests your ability to understand what you read. All tests are printed and administered in English.
In addition to the sections listed above, the test includes a writing sample portion. The style of the writing sample will differ depending on which level test you take. Your essay is not graded, but a copy will be sent to schools or consultants.
Administrations of the SSAT in 2012-13 will also include an experimental section of 16 questions. This section is unscored, but features questions that may appear on future versions of the SSAT.
Reasons for Taking the SSAT
The SSAT measures student’s ability. It is not an achievement test; therefore, it acts as a common denominator for schools in measuring a student’s academic capabilities, regardless of school record. When used for admission by independent schools, the test is only one piece of information that is considered. Schools also review the applicant’s school grades, extracurricular participation, teacher recommendations, essays and interview results. SSAT scores, however, do carry some weight in varying degrees among independent schools. Consequently, you should be as prepared to take the test as possible.
Since the SSAT provides predicted 12th grade SAT scores for those students taking the test in the 7th through 10th grades, participation in this testing exercise will also provide you with valuable information regarding your educational strengths and weaknesses.
Types of SSAT Administrations
- SSAT “Standard Test” – A Standard test is a group administration held at many sites worldwide on 8 Saturdays each year (see Test Calendar).
- SSAT “Flex Test” – A flex test is a group or individual administration on any date other than the standard test dates.
Standard Test (also known as Standard International Test) A Standard test is a group administration held at many sites worldwide on 8 Saturdays each year (see Test Calendar). You may take a standard test as often as you like, up to 8 times per year. You may register online until the Wednesday prior to the test date subject to availability. Additional fees apply for registrations created after regular registration closes.
Test Dates and Deadlines
In Hong Kong, SSAT "Standard Test" will be held on the following Saturdays in the current academic year. Register early to avoid any additional fees and to assure seating at your preferred test center as test centers may fill up quickly.
2013 - 2014 Test Registration Calendar in Hong Kong (Code: H631)
*available in August 2013
- Register online by the registration deadlines.
- Late registration begins when regular registration ends. A late fee of US$40 applies.
- Rush registration begins when late registration ends. A rush fee of US$80 applies.
- Registration ends on the Wednesday before the test date. Walk-in and standby seats are not available.
- Registrations and required documentation for Special Accommodations must be received by SSATB two weeks prior to test date.
Testing normally begins at 9:00am for all standard dates but testing time may vary. Check your Admission Ticket for an exact time. Total testing time for the Middle and Upper level SSAT is 3 hours and 5 minutes, plus two short breaks. The addition of any special accommodations will increase this total.
Special Testing Accommodations click here for more information
Students requiring a non-standard administration of the SSAT may apply for special accommodations. A student with a school-documented disability may apply for special testing accommodations for a standard or flex administration of the SSAT. Only students who can provide school documentation that verifies that they routinely receive those specific special accommodations in their current school setting will be approved.
Special accommodations are not available for temporary disabilities, such as a broken arm. Students requesting only extra time, if it is routinely permitted in their current academic setting, may apply for a standard 30-minute extension to the end of the test.
Students with other requirements may also apply for special testing accommodations. With SSAT approval and proper documentation, additional accommodations may include:
Register for SSAT Standard International Test
- Permission to mark answers directly in test booklet
- Large print test booklet and materials
- Use of laptop computer with spelling aid for writing sample only
- Extra time (1.5 x standard time per section)
For regular international test dates, you may register with SSAT in the United States by mail, fax, or internet at www.ssat.org
The first time you register for the test, you will be asked to create a new SSAT account. This account is for a single student only and will help you manage your test registrations, school inquiries and applications for the current academic year. Note your Web Login ID after creating your account; which you will need to access your account.
A flex test is a group or individual administration on any date other than the standard test dates.
- Although flex tests occur throughout the testing year, a student may only take the FLEX test once in an academic year, e.g. If you have already tested at a FLEX administration this academic year, you may not register for another flex test.
- If you have already tested and do not know what type of test you took, please contact SSAT before continuing.
- You should only register for the flex test if you have already made an appointment for a flex test administration
Please read through IIE Hong Kong’s Flex Test Administration Policy carefully:
Register for SSAT Flex Test
- Submit an IIE/HK Flex Test Request Form to schedule an appointment (Late/ incomplete forms and invalid requests will not be processed and may delay testing). Seats are limited. We administer it on a First-come-first-served basis.
- Once you have submitted a flex test request form online, a confirmation email with test details will email to you within 5 working days.
- Register online with SSATB at www.ssat.org. Make test fee payment of US$225 for your test by credit card. Remember to print out the admission ticket immediately.
- Confirm with IIE Hong Kong after registering with SSATB – After test-takers reserve a test date with IIE/HK, they must go to SSATB website to register with the reserved test date provided by IIE/HK. After registering with SSATB, test-takers MUST send an email to IIE/HK to confirm registering with SSATB. The respective testing slot will be reserved for 5 working days only. Otherwise, the reserved slot will be forfeited without further notice.
Note: A student is permitted to take the Flex Test only ONCE per academic year (August 1 – July 31). Students wishing to retest in the same academic year must register for an internationally scheduled test date.
- In addition to the test fee of US$225 payable to SSATB, IIE/HK will charge an administration fee of HK$2,100 for each flex test. You can make payment for this administration fee in one of the following ways:
IMPORTANT UPDATE POLICY for Flex Test Registration
- Last minute registration – For last minute registrants (those register in the same week of their desired test date), once you reserve a testing slot from IIE/HK, you MUST register on the same date with SSATB and send back an email to IIE/HK on the same day to confirm. Otherwise, the reserved slot will be forfeited without further notice.
- Rescheduling – All registered test-takers for flex test who have registered with SSATB, but need to reschedule before the test, MUST reschedule 5 workings day prior to the reserved test date. An administration fee equivalent to 10% of the Test Center flex test administration fee will be charged for each re-scheduling. This surcharge is accumulative and will NOT be exempted.
- No show or cancellation – Any test-takers for flex test who has registered with SSATB or IIE/HK, but fail to show up on the reserved test date or cancel the test within 5 working days before the test date, a cancellation fee equivalent to 50% of the Test Center flex test administration fee must be paid to IIE/HK within 14 working days.
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