SSAT Format and Testing Options

Three SSAT Testing Options

There are three methods for students to take the Upper Level and Middle Level SSAT tests in the U.S. and Canada. All three options use the same SSAT test format as in previous years. That means: the same SSAT test sections with the same number of questions and the same time limits. (See below)

Computer-Based SSAT at Home

Since summer 2020, the SSAT at Home has become the main testing method. Students may take a secure computer-based test most Saturdays during the school year, as well as the first Sunday of each month. Families needing computer equipment may qualify for loaner devices. Students can take the SSAT test at home 5 times per testing season (Aug 1, 2020–July 31, 2021).

Computer-Based SSAT at Prometric Test Center

Students in the U.S. and Canada can take a computer-based SSAT at a Prometric Test Center. Prometric has several locations in the Atlanta area, where people make appointments to take many different kinds of computer-based tests. Students can take the SSAT test at Prometric Test Centers 2 times per testing season (Aug 1, 2020–July 31, 2021).

Paper-Based SSAT Flex Test

The Flex SSAT is a paper-based SSAT taken at a participating school or with an approved educational consultant (for an additional fee). Special scheduling and private test administrations are usually available for Flex testing. Students can take the SSAT Flex test only 1 time per testing season (Aug 1, 2020–July 31, 2021).


SSAT Test Format — Upper and Middle Levels