Secondary School Advising

Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is the required admission test for various independent schools.

Please note: Not all 8th or 9th grade students need to take the SSAT as some schools do not require it. Please consult with the Carroll Placement Office if you are unsure whether your child needs to take the SSAT.

SSAT Description


The SSAT consists of verbal, quantitative (math) and reading comprehension sections. The test also includes a writing section which asks students to write an essay in response to one of two prompts. The essay is not graded; however, a copy accompanies each SSAT score report that is sent to a school or consultant. The SSAT is a norm-referenced test. It compares a student’s performance on the SSAT with that of other students of the same grade/gender who have taken the SSAT in the United States and Canada on a standard test date in the previous three years (norm group). It is important to note that the norm group is a highly competitive group. The SSAT score is one part of a student’s complete application, and while it is important, it is not the only criteria for admission. Visit the SSAT website to learn more.

Helpful Documents

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SSAT Information Sheet
Secondary School Admissions Test Information Sheet
SSAT Checklist
Secondary School Admissions Test Checklist
SSAT Requesting Accommodations
Secondary School Admissions Test Accommodations