SSAT PREP

What do you get when you cross a challenging vocabulary word with a question format that no student has ever seen before because it doesn’t show up on any other standardized test?

The correct answer is ‘an SSAT analogy’. If you said ‘confused’, though, you’re not alone. The defining feature of the SSAT is the difficult blend of content knowledge and mastery of technique that it requires from students. That’s why our SSAT prep programs blend content and strategy in whatever proportion is optimal for each individual student – all while using the best online learning tools available. 

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COMPARE SSAT prep options

Features Elite Prep (5) Elite Prep (10+1) Premier Prep
Structure
Cost
$1795
$3270
$395 setup + $245/hr
Expected length
5-6 weeks
12-15 weeks
Varies
Hours of one-on-one prep
7
15.5
Varies
Number of sessions
5
11 for the price of 10!
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Length of sessions
85 mins
85 mins
85 mins
Additional test prep sessions (optional)
$295 each
$295 each
$345 each
Math reinforcement sessions (optional)
$100 each
$100 each
n/a
Program Materials
Strategy guides & workbooks
Y
Y
Y
Official tests & practice materials
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

An OVerview of the ssat

The Secondary School Admissions Test is used for admission to private elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the United States. There are three levels of the test – Elementary, Middle, and Upper – and each level is taken by students across a range of ages, with the most common being the Upper Level taken by students currently in grades 8-11. 

Inspirica’s approach to SSAT prep starts with the fact that a student’s experience with the test will vary significantly depending on their age, which means that the optimal course of preparation will vary as well. Your tutor will help determine the best way for your student to prepare and then use that plan to ensure that they’re in the best possible position going into test day.

REGISTRATION AND TEST DATES

The Middle and Upper Level tests are administered on eight Standard test dates each year, while the Elementary Level test is administered on five of those dates. Standard testing is administered at official test centers, which are typically schools approved by the SSAT. You can search for the test center closest to you using the SSAT’s test center locator.

To register for the SSAT, visit their site and follow the corresponding instructions. Testing accommodations must be approved prior to test registration. Please note that it is the responsibility of each family to provide the equipment, materials, and personnel necessary to support approved accommodations. For more information, take a look at the Testing Accommodation Guide for Students on the SSAT’s website. All students are also allowed to schedule one Flex test date. Flex tests are typically administered at the offices of independent Educational Consultants rather than at schools. Make an appointment with your EC to get started!

For advice on navigating the complexities of the test scheduling and registration process, check out our blog post on the subject, or make an appointment to speak with one of our Program Coordinators at the day and time most convenient to you.

FORMAT

Each of the three levels of the SSAT is composed of an essay prompt and several multiple-choice sections that fall into one of three categories: Quantitative, Verbal, and Reading. The number, order, and length of the sections differ significantly between the three levels, however; visit the SSAT’s website for detailed information on the level of the test that your student will be taking.

SCORING

First, your student’s raw score will be calculated for each of the three types of multiple-choice sections on the SSAT. The SSAT will then produce a scaled score for each type of section; these scaled scores take into account the difficulty level of the sections that your student completed relative to the difficulty levels of sections that previous test-takers have completed. Finally, the SSAT will compare your student’s scaled scores to those of previous test-takers and produce a percentile for each type of section, as well as an overall percentile. The essay is unscored and will simply be included in the application as a timed writing sample.

For a detailed breakdown of SSAT scoring, check out our blog post on the subject here.

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OUR TEAM OF SSAT/ISEE PREP EXPERTS

Nina Abrams

Nina Abrams

Nina is Inspirica's Head of School and Youth Sports Programs. Before joining our team, she spent over a decade as an upper elementary and middle school teacher, experience that has undoubtedly made her one of the best SSAT and ISEE tutors in the world. She holds a BS in Education from Drexel and a Masters of Educational Psychology from Temple. More...

Aja Brady-Saalfeld

Aja Brady-Saalfeld

One of Inspirica's most in-demand full-time tutors, Aja is a graduate of Vassar College who tutors an extraordinarily wide range of academic subjects and standardized tests. Whether helping high school students master tricky math and science concepts or guiding college students through the most difficult LSAT logic games and GMAT sentence corrections, she's known for pushing students to achieve scores they thought well beyond reach. More...

Yuliya Aleksandrov

Inspirica's Head Mentor, Program Operations Manager, and full-time tutor, Yuliya is a graduate of Emerson College who teaches every standardized test on our list and a wide variety of academic subjects too. When not working directly with students, she leads our tutor-training and mentoring programs and oversees the analysis of student results in our Agnostic Diagnostic ACT/SAT Test Selection program. More...

Jim Giusti

Jim Giusti

One of Inspirica's most in-demand full-time tutors, Jim is a master of teaching all the major standardized tests, as well as Math, History, English, Accounting, Economics...and even the US Citizenship Test! Having previously complete a BA in European History at Southern New Hampshire University, he is now working his way towards an MA in Military History from that same instructions. More...

Chris Dibona

Chris Dibona

Both a full-time tutor and one of Inspirica's Program Coordinators, Chris recently completed a PhD in Philosophy at Brown University. With nearly a decade's experience teaching standardized test excellence to students of all ages, Chris can assist with every aspect of the prep process, from test selection and program design to small-group and one-on-one tutoring. More...

Ryan Furiness

Inspirica's resident Content Development Manager, Ryan is a full-time tutor who has been with Inspirica for nearly a decade since graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with dual degrees in History and Political Science. We defy you to find someone who knows more about how standardized tests work, why they don't work the ways they should, and how they can be demolished with just a few simple strategies. More...

Emily Rudy

Emily Rudy

Emily is one of Inspirica's most sought after SSAT/ISEE experts. She holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in HSSP from Brandeis University and an MA in School Counseling from Boston College, each of which serves her well in her dual roles as a full-time middle school professional and part-time tutor here with us. More...

Beatriz Simonsohn

Beatriz Simonsohn

A tri-lingual test-prep expert fluent in English, French, and Spanish, Beatriz holds a BA from Columbia University and splits her time between New York, Latin America, and France. In her more than three years with Inspirica, she has served as both a part- and full-time tutor specializing in ACT, SAT, SSAT, and ISEE prep. More...

Amanda Buckley

Amanda Buckley

A college writing professor who secretly adores teaching math, cracking the codes of all the major standardized tests, and employing humor to keep her students engaged, Amanda holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA in Liberal Arts from Bennington College. More...

AJ Ortiz Premier Prep Tutor Inspirica

AJ Ortiz

With a background in Social Work, including a Master of Science in Social Policy from Penn, AJ specializes in meeting the needs of kids who struggle with test anxiety, low self-confidence, or attention deficits. More...

Jacob Pankow

Jacob Pankow

A former high school teacher who left the classroom to pursue a second masters -- first an MAT in Education from University of Portland and then a Masters in Politics from NYU -- Jacob excels in one-on-one tutoring with student of all ages and learning styles. More...

Caleb Kim

Caleb Kim

A 15 year veteran of tutoring and test prep who holds a degree in Biology from Williams College, Caleb enjoys teaching math and science and loves helping students get the better of standardized tests. More...

Theresa Burns

Theresa Burns

An accomplished performer, director, and choreographer who also happens to be one of our most experienced tutoring professionals, Theresa holds a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. More...

Deidre Wilson

Deidre Wilson

One of our team's true math gurus, Deidre holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State and an MA in Construction Project Management from NYU. She tutors a wide variety of advanced math and science topics as well as all forms of standardized test prep. More...

True Haynes

True Haynes

A former high school physics teacher who has knack for teaching and a passion for mathematical concepts, True holds a BS in Physics from the University of Maryland College Park. More...

Cody O'Brien

Cody O'Brien

With a BA in Math and Physics from Boston University, Cody is one of Inspirica's more in-demand calculus, statistics, and computer science tutors. More...

J. O'Neill

Do you want a tutor who a) received a perfect score on the SAT, b) has over 30 years teaching experience, c) holds a BA in English from Oberlin and a Masters in Education from SUNY Brockport, and d) has been on the cover of People Magazine? Then you want J! More...