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Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) Prep

Secure your spot at top schools with the help of state-certified educators and a personalized test prep plan.

Ensure Your Success

Imagine opening the acceptance letter to your dream private school, knowing that your hard work and dedication have paid off. The path to this moment starts with mastering the SSAT, a crucial step in the admissions process for prestigious institutions.

At Bridging Gap, we specialize in transforming determined students like yours into successful test-takers.

Our state-certified educators understand the unique challenges of the SSAT and that every student is unique in what they know and what they need to know. That’s why we offer a free comprehensive assessment when you sign up for test prep services. Based on your child’s assessment, we can create a tailored plan for their success.

Join the ranks of successful students who have turned their private school dreams into reality. Sign up for our SSAT prep services today and take the first step towards a brighter academic future.

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Key Features of our SSAT Test Prep Program

  • Bridging Gap is an award-winning tutoring center.
  • Work with state-certified teachers.
  • Get an academic assessment to know what your strengths and weaknesses are.
  • Improved score guaranteed.
  • Enjoy flexible in-person and online options.
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Test Details

SSAT Test Format Breakdown

The SSAT format varies depending on the grade level being tested. Here's a breakdown for each level:

Elementary Level (Grades 3-4)

  • Sections:
    • Quantitative (Math): 30 questions in 30 minutes (focuses on basic math operations)
    • Verbal: 30 questions in 20 minutes (vocabulary and sentence completion)
    • Reading: 28 questions in 30 minutes (reading comprehension)
    • Writing Sample: 15 minutes (not scored, assesses writing skills)
    • Optional: Experimental Section (not scored)
  • Total Testing Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes

Middle Level (Grades 5-7) & Upper Level (Grades 8-11)

  • Sections:
    • Writing Sample: 25 minutes (not scored, assesses writing skills)
    • Quantitative (Math) #1: 25 questions in 30 minutes (focuses on basic math concepts)
    • Reading: 40 questions in 40 minutes (reading comprehension)
    • Verbal: 60 questions in 30 minutes (vocabulary and analogies)
    • Quantitative (Math) #2: 25 questions in 30 minutes (focuses on more advanced math concepts)
    • Optional: Experimental Section (not scored, may include a mix of verbal, reading, and math)
  • Total Testing Time: 3 hours and 10 minutes

Important Note for 2025:

There haven't been any announcements regarding significant changes to the SSAT format for the 2024-2025 school year. However, it's always recommended to check the official SSAT website closer to your child's test date for any updates:

Additional Points to Keep in Mind

  • The SSAT is generally untimed, but there's enough time allocated for students to answer each question comfortably.
  • The specific content covered in each section might vary slightly depending on the grade level.
  • The writing sample is a crucial part of the application process, even though it's not scored. Encourage your child to practice writing clear and concise essays that showcase their analytical and communication skills.

SSAT Scoring Breakdown for Parents:

The SSAT scoring system might seem complex at first glance, but here's a breakdown to help you understand your child's results:

Scoring Method

  • Each question (except for the writing sample) is awarded 1 point for a correct answer.
  • Incorrect answers in the Middle and Upper Levels receive a ¼ point deduction. (There's no penalty for wrong answers at the elementary level.)
  • Omitted questions don't receive any points.

Score Reports:

Once the test is complete, you'll receive a score report with several key sections:

  1. Total Score Summary:
    • This shows your child's overall scaled score (ranging from 500-800) and percentile rank (1-99).
    • The percentile indicates how your child performed compared to other test-takers in the same grade over the past three years.
    • The report also provides an average score for reference.
  2. Section Scores:
    • This section breaks down the scores for Verbal, Quantitative (Math), and Reading sections.
    • Each section includes a scaled score, percentile rank, and average score.
    • You'll also see a score range that indicates the potential range your child might score on a retest within a short time frame.
    • Additionally, there's a breakdown of the number of questions answered correctly, incorrectly, and left unanswered for each section.

Interpreting the Results

  • Scaled Scores: The SSAT focuses on scaled scores (500-800) for each section and the total test. This score is more reliable than raw scores (number of correct answers) because it accounts for difficulty variations across different test editions.
  • Percentile Ranks: The percentile rank is particularly helpful. For example, a 75th percentile score means your child performed better than 75% of students in their grade who took the SSAT in the last three years.
  • Section Scores: Analyze the section scores to identify your child's strengths and weaknesses. This can help you tailor future academic support or identify areas for improvement.
  • Score Range: The score range provides an idea of how much your child's score might fluctuate on a retest.

Important Notes for Parents

  • Focus on Scaled Scores: When comparing your child's performance, focus on the scaled scores and percentiles rather than raw scores.
  • Holistic Review: Remember, SSAT scores are just one piece of the application puzzle. Schools consider various factors, including grades, recommendations, and extracurricular activities.
  • Use Scores for Guidance: The SSAT results can be a valuable tool to identify areas where your child can improve their academic skills and test-taking strategies.

SSAT Test Administration: What to Expect on Test Day

The SSAT administration process is designed to be standardized and secure to ensure fair testing conditions for all students. Here's a breakdown for parents to help their children feel prepared:

Before Test Day

  • Registration & Scheduling: You'll register your child for the SSAT online and choose a test center or opt for the SSAT at Home option if available.
  • Test Admission Ticket: You'll receive a test admission ticket with details like test location, date, and reporting time.
  • Familiarize Your Child: Briefly explain the test format, content areas, and approximate duration to manage expectations.
  • Practice Tests: Consider using official SSAT practice tests or resources to familiarize your child with the question types and pacing.
  • Prepare Necessary Items: Pack approved identification (mentioned on the admission ticket), sharpened pencils, and an eraser. (Calculators are not allowed).

On Test Day

  • Arrival: Students should arrive at the designated test center well before their reporting time to avoid last-minute stress.
  • Check-In: Test center staff will verify identification and collect the admission ticket.
  • Test Environment: The testing area will be a quiet, well-lit room with individual desks or workstations for each student.
  • Test Administration: A trained proctor will provide instructions and oversee the testing process.
  • Breaks: Short breaks are usually scheduled during the test, but specific details may vary depending on the test level.
  • What to Expect During the Test:
    • Students will be given a test booklet with instructions and answer sheets.
    • The proctor will read instructions aloud for each section.
    • Most sections are multiple-choice, with some requiring short answer responses (writing sample).
    • The SSAT is known for being untimed, allowing students to work at their own pace within the allocated time for each section.
  • After the Test: Once all sections are complete, students will hand in their test materials and leave the testing center.

Additional Notes for Parents

  • Test Center Regulations: Familiarize yourself with any specific test center regulations or prohibited items mentioned on the admission ticket.
  • Test Day Accommodations: If your child has approved testing accommodations, ensure you communicate clearly with the test center staff beforehand.
  • Minimize Distractions: Encourage your child to get a good night's sleep before the test and eat a healthy breakfast on test day.
  • Positive Reinforcement: Reassure your child that doing their best is the most important thing.
  • Meaningful Test Preparation: There's no greater feeling than going into a test knowing you've been well-prepared for it. Enlisting the help of specialized test prep services can be the edge your child needs to do well, but more importantly, they need to believe in themselves.

Better Help. Better Score.


What exactly is the SSAT Test Prep program?

The SSAT Prep program at Bridging Gap USA is designed to help students excel in the Secondary School Admission Test. Our certified teachers will guide you through thorough practice sessions, covering all sections of the test including verbal, quantitative, and reading comprehension. You’ll also get strategies for tackling the writing sample and understanding the scoring system.

How long does the SSAT Test Prep program take?

The duration of the SSAT Prep program can vary depending on your starting point and goals. Typically, we recommend a minimum of 8 to 12 weeks of preparation to see significant improvement. Our tutors will personalize a study plan that fits your schedule and academic needs.

Are the test prep sessions available online?

Yes, Bridging Gap USA offers SSAT prep sessions in-person and online. Whether you prefer face-to-face interaction or the convenience of online sessions, we have flexible options to accommodate your preferences and make sure you get the best possible preparation.

What kind of materials and resources will I have access to?

When you sign up for the SSAT Prep program, you’ll receive a variety of study materials including practice tests, workbooks, and online resources. Our tutors also provide customized worksheets and targeted exercises to address your specific areas of improvement.

Is there a guarantee that my SSAT scores will improve?

Absolutely! At Bridging Gap USA, we stand by our results-driven approach. We guarantee improvement in your SSAT scores when you follow our protocol and put in the necessary effort. Our proven track record and experienced tutors are here to support you every step of the way.