The Upper and Middle levels consist of 4 sections: 


  • Mathematics

    There are two math (quantitative) sections on the SSAT, each containing 25 multiple-choice questions. Test-takers are alloted 30 minutes for each part of the Mathematics section.

  • Verbal

    The verbal section consists of 60 multiple-choice questions, and test-takers are given 30 minutes to complete this section.  The verbal section is broken into two parts:

    • Synonyms (30 questions) - Short description of synonyms section here
    • Analogies ( 30 questions) - Short description of analogies section here

  • Reading Comprehension

    This section consists of 6 - 7 passages, and each passage is followed up by 4 or 5 multiple-choice questions. The entire section consists of 40 multiple-choice questions, and test-takers are alloted 40 minutes to complete this section.


  • Writing Sample

    The Writing Sample section is a brief essay for which test-takers are alloted 25 minutes.  The test-taker is presented with two statements and must choose one on which to write a creative story.  The statement serves as both the first line of and the inspiration for the story.  The test-taker is allowed to use scratch paper to brainstorm before writing the essay.  This part of the test is not scored, however it will be sent to the schools along with the scores for the multiple choice sections.


  • Experimental Section
    The experimental section is a brief 15 minute section which is unscored and does not count toward your scaled score. The purpose of the section is to allow the makers of the test to try out new questions for subsequent SSAT's. It consists of six verbal, five reading, and five quantitative questions.


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