Upper Level SSAT Quantitative Practice Test

The ssat is used as part of the admission process to independent schools. Students wishing to attend such a school will be required to take it. This test measures your basic abilities in math, verbal and reading. It is important that you do well on it to gain entrance. However, your test scores are not the only criterion used to assess whether or not you will be allowed to attend.

Who Is Eligible?

Only students wishing to enroll in an independent or college preparatory school need to take this exam.

The regular registration fee for tests taken domestically (U.S., American Samoa, Canada, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and USVI) is $139. For those taking it internationally, it is $269. There are also late and rush registration fees that will be charged if necessary.

Where and When?

The Upper SSAT Tests can be scheduled for one of eight Saturdays during the school year (August 1 – July 31). These testing sessions usually begin at 9 AM; however, there are a few exceptions.

It is important to arrive at least 30 minutes early to your testing session. If you arrive late, you may not be able to test that day. You will then have to reschedule and pay another registration fee.

You may choose from a list of over 550 locations worldwide that offer the Upper SSAT. These locations and the dates are regulated by the SSAT.

Should you need to reschedule or cancel your test, you may do so anytime prior to the last two weeks beforehand for an additional fee. The SSAT has a strict no refund policy.

What to Bring?

Make sure to bring your printed admission ticket with you to the testing site. This will allow you to enter the premises. If you should need to bring anything else with you, such as identification, it will be listed on your admission ticket.

You may bring #2 wooden pencils with you, as well as a snack and/or drink. The snacks and drinks should be brought in a clear zip-lock bag with your name on it, as these will be stored in a separate area and are for breaks only.

You should not bring any other personal items with you to the testing site. This includes calculators, electronic devices and any study materials. You will not need these items during the test and your test may be disqualified if you are found to have such items on you.

What Is Covered?

The SSAT is made up of 166 multiple choice questions and one writing sample. The Quantitative or Math section has 50 questions. This section is split into two, with 25 questions in each and other sections in between. You will be given 30 minutes to complete each of the math sections.
The following are topics you can expect to find questions about in the quantitative section:

Number Concepts and Operations

  • Arithmetic word problems (including percent, ratio)
  • Basic concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Estimation
  • Rational numbers
  • Sequences and series
  • Frequencies

Elementary Algebra

  • Properties of exponents
  • Algebraic word problems
  • Equations of lines
  • Patterns
  • Absolute value

Geometry/Measurement

  • Area and circumference of a circle
  • Area and perimeter of a polygon
  • Volume of a cube, cylinder, box
  • Pythagorean theory and properties of right, isosceles, equilateral triangles
  • Properties of parallel and perpendicular lines
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Slope

Data analysis/probability

  • Interpretation (tables, graphs)
  • Trends and inferences
  • Probability

How Is It Scored?

You should get your score delivered to you online within two weeks of SSAT receiving your completed test. If you are receiving paper scores by mail, allow for an additional week. A parent or guardian can then log into their SSAT account and send your scores to the appropriate schools.

Scores for the SSAT can be difficult to interpret as they are not graded as an achievement test would be. Rather this test is scored to see how well you know the topics and how that knowledge compares to other students.

Your score report will be broken down into sections. Each section allows for a high score of 800 and a low of 500. You will also be given a total scaled score. The lowest score possible is 1500 and the highest is 2400.

How to Prepare?

The best way to prepare for the SSAT is by getting your hands on an appropriate study guide and flashcards. The study guide and flashcards designed by Mometrix not only provide all the information needed but also give you sample and practice questions similar to those found on the SSAT. These will be formatted, styled, and worded so that you know exactly what to expect from this testing experience.

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by Mometrix Test Preparation | Last Updated: August 20, 2015