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What’s a 2100 on the SSAT equate to in terms of Percentiles?

We are regularly asked “is xyz score good enough for abc top boarding school?”  First off, the boarding schools are operating off of percentiles and not a gross score.  Your 1998 may look good overall, but it actually only equates to a 47% Percentile as an 8th grade boy.  It’s a 53% Percentile as the opposite sex in the same grade.

SSAT Percentile Examples for 8th Grade Girls

  • 2004 Total Score = 55% Percentile*
  • 2049 Total Score = 65% Percentile*
  • 2094 Total Score = 75% Percentile*
  • 2145 Total Score = 85% Percentile*
  • 2226-2244 Total Score = 95% Percentile*
  • 2295+ Total Score = 99% Percentile*

SSAT Percentile Examples for 8th Grade Boys

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2020-21 SSAT (Exam) Dates

SSAT Test Dates: 2020 thru 2021

Paper-Based SSAT Test Dates

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Frankly, this year is truly an enigma.  While the tests will be available, it is not like any other year.  Here’s what the “The Enrollment Management Association” says:

We will continue to offer the paper-based SSAT for Flex and Benchmark tests. Elementary testing and Middle and Upper testing in select international markets will be supported by paper-based testing only for the 2020–2021 testing year. Those paper-based testing dates are below.

Latest SSAT Date(s):

Latest SSAT Test Date 2021

Past Dates

Unfortunately, given the unpredictability of Covid-19, we may not see what we’ve seen in the past like 2019-2020’s SSAT Test Dates.  Instead of 8 test dates creating more options, we only have 1 at this point.

With that said, there are MORE options in the format of testing — which could mean frankly, there is even more potential access to the exam.

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SSAT at Home Testing 2020 Test Dates (previous posted dates):

November

Saturday, November 14, 2020 – not available
Saturday, November 21, 2020 – not available
Sunday, November 22, 2020 – not available
Saturday, November 28, 2020 – not available

December

Saturday, December 5, 2020 – not available
Sunday, December 6, 2020 – not available
Friday, December 11, 2020 – Special weekday availability during peak season.
Saturday, December 12, 2020 – not available
Sunday, December 13, 2020 – not available
Saturday, December 19, 2020 – not available
Sunday, December 20, 2020 – not available
Monday, December 21, 2020 – Special weekday availability during peak season.
Monday, December 28, 2020 – not available

SSAT at Home Testing 2021 Test Dates:

January

Saturday, January 2, 2021 – AVAILABLE as of 11/11/2020 Check registration
Sunday, January 3, 2021 – AVAILABLE as of 11/11/2020 Check registration
Friday, January 8, 2021 – Special weekday availability during peak season.
Saturday, January 9, 2021 – AVAILABLE as of 11/11/2020 Check registration
Sunday, January 10, 2021 – This date is no longer available
Monday, January 11, 2021 – Special weekday availability during peak season.
Saturday, January 16, 2021 – AVAILABLE as of 11/11/2020 Check registration
Saturday, January 23, 2021 – AVAILABLE as of 11/11/2020 Check registration
Saturday, January 30, 2021 – AVAILABLE as of 11/11/2020 Check registration
SSAT at Home is available every Saturday, some Sundays
Testing occurs on test dates from 9am – 3pm EST
More dates will be posted through July 2021.
Dates and scheduling are available 90 days prior to test dates.

Tech and Room Requirements

You must complete the required system check on the same computer and in the same environment where you plan to take the test. If you do not have access to the computer or internet required to take the SSAT at Home, learn more about an Equitable Access Kit.  [Check Your System] & [Equity Access Kit Info]

Computer

Must be a Windows or Mac laptop or desktop computer. Chromebooks, tablets, cell phones, and other devices are not permitted. Must have only one monitor or screen with a minimum resolution of 1366 x 768. Some antivirus software can cause performance issues.

Camera

Must have an internal or external webcam. The camera must be able to be moved to show the proctor your testing environment. (If your webcam is a part of a laptop, you’ll be asked to move your laptop to show parts of the room.)

Speakers/Microphone

Headphones or AirPods are not allowed. Must have a speaker to hear the proctor. Must have a microphone to speak to the proctor. Microphones that are part of a headset are not allowed. If your hair covers your ears, during check-in and after breaks, the proctor may ask you to show that you are not using headphones or airpods.

Internet

Must have a reliable, consistent internet connection. Your internet should be at least fast enough to search the web or stream music. You may not use a VPN during testing. Some corporate, business, or school networks may have settings that prevent testing.

Workspace

Your computer mouse and keyboard must be on a table or desk. Your work surface and area surrounding your desk must be free of all items not approved for use during testing. You must be seated in a regular chair. You may not use a couch, bed, or be seated on the floor.

Room/Environment

You must use a room where you can be alone during testing. Your room may not have any posters or items visible that may benefit the test taker. Your room must be free from music, talking, or other noises. You must be dressed appropriately. Remember, your picture will be taken at the start of testing.

Parents Assistance

A parent/guardian is allowed to assist during the initial connection, room scan, and explanation of testing rules. Once these steps have been completed, the parent/guardian must exit the room as testing begins but needs to remain in an adjoining room.

Prohibited items

Cell phones are not allowed during testing. Food and snacks are not allowed during testing, except during scheduled breaks. Work surface must be clear of all items. Students may have two blank pieces of paper, a pencil, and a water bottle without a label.

And more information here.

ProMetric Test Centers for SSAT (2020 & Beyond)

Please check out the SSAT’s official page explaining how you can use a Prometric Test Center as your SSAT Testing Option.

[Find  a Prometric Center]

If you have difficulty finding an international Prometric center that is convenient, and paper-based testing is not available near you, please email info@ssat.org

  • Prometric testing is available in the US, Canada and most countries around the world.
  • Please note that Prometric testing is not available in China, Hong Kong, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Jamaica, and Myanmar.
  • For those locations without a nearby or convenient Prometric test center, paper-based administrations, which occur on 5 test dates, are offered where there is a demonstrated need. Click here to learn more about International paper-based testing and here to search and view the limited international locations for SSAT paper-based testing.

Also, if you want SSAT Test Update Alerts, click here.

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What SSAT scores can get you into The Lawrenceville School?

In most of our estimates, we identify it’s very rare that the school itself tells us exactly what their SSAT requirements are.  However, for Lawrenceville, we have several estimates straight from the top boarding school’s website and recent past publications of the school.

Straight from their admissions pages, they answer the question: What is your SSAT score average? Read more

Getting a Perfect Verbal Score on the SSAT – 8th graders

Just a quick reminder that boys and girls score differently.  As a result, we’ll share what it takes to score well for each gender specifically.  In the following, you’ll find what raw score it takes to score from 80% to 99% (a “perfect score” on the SSAT) on the verbal section of the SSAT.  Basically, you’ll learn how many questions out of the 60 possible questions on the Upper Level of the SSAT are needing to be correct.

SSAT Raw to Percentile Scores Calculator – Female 8th Grade

8th grade girls raw to percentile charts

99% Verbal Score Cutoff for Girls

In order to obtain the gold standard of SSAT scores, you need to be able to get Read more

Question Marks on Blackboard

What’s the average SSAT Score for test takers?

In an effort to give prospective SSAT takers (and their parents) a better idea of how most students perform on the competitive exam, we will break down past data and simplify it as best as possible.  Please note, we are starting with a very general question and will illustrate how it is better asked when being more specific.  We will attempt to answer the aforementioned question in the title as efficiently as possible along with addressing more specific versions of it in our explanation today.

First off, we need to define a few terms: 

  • raw scores
  • scaled scores
  • percentile ranks

It would be easy to simply say that overall, the average SSAT score is 50% out of 100%.  However, the questions that should be be immediately asked are: Read more

St Pauls School

What SSAT scores can get you into St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH?

As with any top boarding school, St. Paul’s School’s (SPS) admissions requirements are quite high.  As we’ve already reported, the top 2 programs in the United States have standards that approach almost perfect.  St. Paul’s in Concord ranks as as high as the #3 boarding school program in the United States.  Being a top 3 private institution, you’ll see it requires very high scores.

SSAT Median Ranges for SPS’ Class of 2022

From their SPS at a glance from their admissions for 2018-19, they tell you:

NEW STUDENTS FOR FALL 2018
Applications 1374
Percent admitted 16.8%
SSAT Middle 50% Quantitative 710-767
SSAT Middle 50% Verbal 686-758
SSAT Middle 50% Reading 674-725

However, these ranges depend on what grade the student is and what sex.  We’ll make an assumption that most of these kids are 8th graders applying to start their 9th grade at SPS.  Applying these assumptions, the median for admitted applicants are estimated as:

8th Grade Girls’ SSAT Median Percentile Range Estimates for SPS

Quantitative 710-767 (72-94%)*
Verbal 686-758 (68-95%)*
Reading 674-725 (63-93%)*

8th Grade Boys’ SSAT Median Percentile Ranges Estimates for SPS

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What’s the Average SSAT score for Phillips Exeter Academy’s Admissions?

“90% Percentile at a bare minimum” for Exeter

You could easily argue that prospective students should score as high as 99% Percentile for the SSAT for Phillips Exeter Academy.  At the same time, as we’ll repeat time after time, it depends on all the other aspects of a student’s application/profile.  For example, if you’re an Olympic grade sprinter or child prodigy that’s discovered a new element to add to the Periodic Table, you may not need to score as high as a student who lacks other characteristics Exeter may be looking for in a future alum.

With that said, most future applicants are still looking for guidance (as well as their parents).  Without further adieu, we’ll provide all the guidance that’s been documented online.

Test Prep Company Argues 90 or 94% Percentile as an Average for Exeter

SSAT Score for Exeter Admissions by Top Test Prep

In a 2013-14 guide provided a test prep company that provides insights re: boarding school admissions, they identified the above as their bottom line.  At the same time, in another online publication of theirs, they point out that 94% Percentile is their average.

91% Percentile is Argued by Exeter Student

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