WHAT IS THE SSAT?
SSAT stands for Secondary School Admissions Test. It is a standardized test used by many independent high schools as part of their admittance process. When you submit your application, your SSAT score will be part of it.
IS THE SSAT MANDATORY?
First, ensure that the schools you are applying to require the SSAT by checking this search engine.
WHAT'S ON THE TEST?
The test consists of three scored sections: math (no calculators), vocabulary, and reading comprehension. It also contains an un-scored essay, to be read by each school.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT LEVELS?
Yes. Students in grades 5 - 7 will take the "Middle Level" test, and students in grades 8 - 11 will take the "Upper Level" test. This means that a grade 8 student will be taking the same test as a grade 11 student. However, you will only be compared to students in your current grade.
WHAT SCORE DO I NEED?
There is no objective scale for a good or bad score, and it is completely dependent on a case-by-case basic. Your score will be considered alongside other records such as grades, sports, interviews and extracurriculars. The weight of its importance will vary depending on the schools you are applying to, as well as your specific situation as a student and/or athlete. If you're also applying to a sports team, having an athletic advisor or agent will help you get a better sense of what SSAT score to aim for. We have some trusted advisors that we would be happy to recommend to you; just shoot us an e-mail.
MY CHILD IS EXCEPTIONAL IN SCHOOL — WILL THIS HELP US?
It depends. The SSAT tests for a very specific skill set; it is incomparable to a regular school exam. The best way to know where someone stands is to take a mock test (see our tutoring services below).
HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO STUDY FOR THIS?
The SSAT is an extremely demanding endeavour, and your score can always be improved. If you'd like to maximize your score's potential, be prepared to set aside at least 2-3 months of prep time — some students start preparing as early as a year in advance, which puts them at a much higher advantage.
WHAT IF IT'S TOO LATE TO START STUDYING?
It is never too late to start preparing. Although many months are required to reach your full potential, you can effectively work towards improving your score at any point.
Choose a day to take the test. Try to make time for at least two test attempts.
There are 8 scheduled tests per academic year, which occur once a month on Saturday morning at 9:00 AM EST. They cost 139 USD.
You can re-take the SSAT as many times as you want, and take the best score out of all your attempts. Keep in mind that schools have registration deadlines, so this may limit how many tests you can take.
If you’re unable to take a test on the given dates, students can take a flex test, which is held on a different day with a partner association to the SSAT. You can only take one flex test per academic year, and there are no flex test centres in Montreal. Click here for more about flex test.
The only test centre in Montreal is located at McGill.
SSAT exams in Montreal are currently held at McGill. Double-check the closest centre to you here. You can also search for the nearest flex test location.
CREATE AN ACCOUNT
To register for an official SSAT test, you must first create an account with the SSAT website (if you haven't already). You can do that by clicking here.
Once you've created an account, login to your portal.
Then, click SSAT Testing > Register for SSAT.
LEARNING DISABILITIES | REQUESTING ACCOMMODATIONS
Students with documented disabilities (including ADD/ADHD) can apply for accommodations. These can include extra time, smaller groups, or a calculator. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to make that request, as well as more information on what types of accommodations are available.
Montreal SSAT can administer a test identical to the process you will experience on the official day. This is the best way to get a sense of how much preparation you need.
We give the student and family a consultation about what is expected of them, and how the test works. Then, we use the results of this test to establish a game plan for maximizing your score. It is also an extraordinary source of practice; mock tests should be integral to your study plan.
We are located in St. Henri, Montreal, and have limited availability to do house calls for a travel fee. Contact us for more information.
180$ — private
240$ — group of 2
Approximately 3.5 - 4 hours
• One official SSAT practice test
• A consultation to give you absolute clarity on the SSAT's structure and scoring system
• Graded onsite, for you to keep
• A plan of action for how you can continue studying independently, or through tutoring.
Tutoring & consulting
Hourly tutoring targets specific sections of the test; this is how you can learn to maximize your score. It is common to take a mock test first, as a method of accessing your points of weakness. We normally recommend two-hour sessions. We are located in St. Henri, Montreal, and have a limited availability to do house calls for a travel fee.
We also offer consultation sessions, in which we help you apply for accommodations, register for the test, and more.
60$/hour — private tutoring and/or consulting
90$/hour — group tutoring for 2 students
For larger groups, or other inquiries, please contact us.
BOOKS AND RESOURCES
The SSATB releases an official guide each school year. This is the only prep book endorsed by the SSAT.
IVY GLOBAL BOOKS
As a secondary source of practice, Ivy Global is an independent company offering the most extensive SSAT guides on the market. These are also the books we incorporate into our own private courses. Use the promo code "PREPNOW" for 10% off.
hockey family advising
SSAT Montreal works closely with students athletes. This section of our website applies specifically to young hockey players applying prep to school. Having a family advisor is truly a hand-in-hand experience; you will be guided into a prep school with a hockey team that you can be proud of. Here are two family advisors we recommend.
Sylvain Hallé works with young hockey players in Québec by applying to the right schools for you, booking your visits, inquiring into financial aid, communicating directly with coaches and admissions officers, and much more. We especially recommend Monsieur Hallé to our Françophone students.
The experts at Hockey Etcetera work with Montreal players by offering hockey training and/or prep school consulting. They will guide you through the application process, interviews, financial aid, and more. If needed, Hockey Etcetera will train you and attend your games. They also offer creating video footage of the applicant on ice.
BOOK A SESSION
We are located in St. Henri, Montreal. Get in touch with us for a specific address, or if you’d like us to do a house call.