Super Scoring the SSAT: What You Need to Know

A very common question from parents and students regards Super Scoring the SSAT test.  “Super Scoring”, or superscoring, is the combining of section scores from multiple tests into one score that involves the best from all tests taken. This is a practice that has been gaining in popularity among standardized tests or the schools that use them. The EMA, the company that creates manages the SSAT, unfortunately does not Super Score the SSAT test. However, while the EMA does not “Super Score” the SSAT, many schools will perform this as part of their own admissions process. Therefore, it is very important that any parent or student wondering about Super Scoring the SSAT reach out to school admissions offices that they plan on applying to. Increasingly, superscoring is being performed at admissions offices. Even if a school does not “Super Score”, it is helpful to take the test more than once to potentially show improvement from one to the second.

Sending Scores

When registering for an SSAT test, parents have the option of choosing schools to receive scores automatically or choosing to send scores manually. The full score reports will be sent to schools, rather than just individual sections. To the benefit of the students, the SSAT does not give the number of times that a student has taken the SSAT. In a similar manner, schools do not know whether any student has taken the test with accommodations.

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