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
Boarding School Review, a popular online information portal for boarding schools tells us that the top 5 school is one of their highest SSAT scoring boarding schools:
As you can see, they recommend: Read more
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
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
“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
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
My answer became quite popular on Quora. As a result, I thought I would share it with our readers here on our site helping many of you potential Harvard applicants.
Top 10 Strategies for Applying to Harvard + 4 Bonus Tips
For our Quora visitors, scroll quickly to the #11th tip in blue below for the extra tips:
1) Become the valedictorian of Stanford’s Online High School and tell Harvard’s admissions team that you’ve had a change of heart. You’ve realized you should have went to Harvard’s Online High School. And since there is no such thing, Harvard Undergrad would be a fine substitute.
2) Get your parents to donate $400 million and 1 dollars to Harvard edging out A Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Made Harvard’s Biggest Donation Ever. I’m thinking the admissions committee “might” give you a stronger look at your application. Ridiculous? Quite possibly. However, the typical 5% chance most people are faced won’t be the same for this future donor most likely.
Further support for this point comes from an edit on 8/26/2019:
Peter Malkin graduated from Harvard Law School in 1958. He became a very wealthy real estate businessman, and huge donor. In 1985, the university’s indoor athletic facility was renamed the Malkin Athletic Center in his honor. All three of Malkin’s children went to Harvard. By 2009, five of his six college-age grandchildren had followed suit. (One brave boy dared to go to Stanford instead.)
Considered a top 25 US boarding school, the Hill School offers a wealth of educational opportunities for its alumni. As a result, many potential candidates and their parents are curious as to what SSAT scores are required for admission.
What SSAT score do I need to get into the Hill School?
As mentioned in our profile, the Hill School requires percentiles between 75%-85% according to the Boarding School Review. They post an 80% for the average SSAT score in their profile of the boarding school.
In a post on College Confidential, they list off the average SSAT scores for many of the top boarding schools. They estimate Read more
It’s might be a bit confusing as to what a student needs to accomplish in order to score high on the SSAT Exam.
For thousands, if not tens to hundreds of thousands of students throughout the world studying for the exam, you have to wait until you finish the SSAT and get your scores before you find out you are a 93% Percentile or a 99% Percentile or maybe even a 50% Percentile. However, when you’re aiming for a Top U.S. Boarding School or even many other International Boarding Schools that accept the scores for their admissions, you don’t know exactly out of the 60 Verbal Questions or the 50 Quantitative (Math) Questions or the 40 Reading Questions you need to get correct. Read more
Looking for a strong education option for your student in the Tacoma area?
We examine two of Pierce County’s top private schools, Annie Wright (AW) and Bellarmine Prep. There are definitely many differences between them and the following will show that.
A few snapshots of what people are saying about the schools are below our quick comparison table. Read more