The Secondary School Placement Test
Most schools use SSAT for entry into 9th through 12th grade. Many schools prefer to use the ISEE for admission into elementary and middle school grades. SSAT scores can be submitted for two testing seasons (August 1st to July 31st). For example, a student who takes the test anytime between August and July 31 of 8th grade can use the results when applying for 9th or 10th grade.
There are two levels of SSAT:
- Middle Level (Grades 5-7)
- Upper Level (Grades 8-11)
The 50-Point Plan for SSAT
NC Global’s SSAT tutoring program begins with a personalized 50-Point Plan™ for success. NC Global tutors and students then follow the plan, which addresses basic weaknesses and strengthens overall test-taking performance in all areas tested by the SSAT. This completely unique and innovative approach to SSAT prep ensures that each student gets maximum benefit from each moment of tutoring and receives the individualized instruction that she needs in order to meet or exceed target scores.
NC Global SSAT Tutoring
24-36 Hours for SSAT Complete.
As with all standardized tests, focused practice with strategies and regular feedback cycles is a proven formula for success. For most students, we recommend starting in the prior-prior summer – the summer before applications are due. Example: for students applying for eighth grade admission, preparation should begin in the summer prior to seventh grade.
NC Global Recommended SSAT Test-Taking Schedule:
- First Time: July or August
- Second Time (if required): September or October
- Third Time (if required): October or November
- Fourth Time (if required): November or December
This testing schedule optimizes preparation time, establishes a baseline, then provides two or three closely-placed tests to enhance test-prep efficiency. Parents control which scores are released to schools, so there is no harm (and much potential upside) to taking the SSAT multiple times. Students may also take a private or small group “flex test” once within a 12-month period. Flex testing is done through local private agencies.