​IS THE SSAT MANDATORY?
The SSAT is often mandatory, but for some schools it is optional. First, ensure that the schools you are applying to require or accept the SSAT by clicking this search engine here.

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WHAT'S ON THE TEST?
Students in grades 5, 6 & 7 will take the "Middle Level" test, and students in grades 8, 9, 10 & 11 (seondary II to V) will take the "Upper Level" test. This means that a grade 8 student will be taking the same test as a grade 11 student. However, you will only be compared to students in your current grade.

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ARE THERE DIFFERENT LEVELS?
Yes. Students in grades 5 - 7 will take the "Middle Level" test, and students in grades 8 - 11 will take the "Upper Level" test. This means that a grade 8 student will be taking the same test as a grade 11 student. However, you will only be compared to students in your current grade.

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WHAT SCORE DO I NEED?
Each school has different standards of what they deem acceptable. Your score will also be considered alongside other records such as grades, sports, and interviews. If you're also applying as a student athlete, expectations for your score can vary greatly depending on your athleticism. We recommend hockey players consult with a hockey family advisor (click here).

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IF I GET GOOD GRADES IN SCHOOL, WILL THOSE SKILLS TRANSFER TO THE SSAT?
Not necessarily. The SSAT is incomparable to a regular exam, and the skills required to do well on it are not normally practiced in the regular school curriculum. Similar to an IQ test, the SSAT tests logical reasoning, inferencing from complex texts, and making deductions when several unknowns are involved. Don’t be scared — but don’t be overconfident! The best way to know where someone stands is to take a mock test (see our diagnostic testing services here).

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HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO STUDY FOR THIS?
The SSAT is an extremely demanding endeavour, and your score can always be improved. If you'd like to maximize your score's potential, be prepared to set aside at least 2-3 months of prep time — some students start preparing as early as a year in advance, which puts them at a much higher advantage.

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WHAT IF IT'S TOO LATE TO START STUDYING?
It is never too late to start preparing. Although many months are required to reach your full potential, you can effectively work towards improving your score at any point. We have worked with new students a day before their exam, and given them relevant tools to better succeed in the time they had left.

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