The Elementary level of the SSAT is administered to students currently in Grades 3 and 4 who are applying for entry to Grades 4 and 5.
The Elementary Level SSAT is a multiple-choice admission test that consists of four sections, given in this order:
Quantitative (math) – 30 questions, 30 minutes
Verbal – 30 questions, 20 minutes
Break – 15 minutes (snacks and beverages are allowed during break)
Reading – 28 questions (seven short passages, each with four questions), 30 minutes
Writing Sample – 1 prompt, 15 minutes
Total Testing Time: 110 minutes
The Quantitative (math) section assesses a student’s ability to solve mathematical problems involving Numbers, Concepts and Operations, and Algebra, Geometry and Other Math.
The Verbal section assesses a student’s vocabulary, verbal reasoning, and ability to relate ideas logically. This section consists of two different types of questions: synonyms and analogies. Synonyms assess a student’s ability to select the one word or phrase that is closest in meaning to the word given in capital letters. Analogies assess a student’s ability to find relationships between words.
The Reading section assesses a student’s ability to comprehend what is read. Students are asked to read through a short passage and then answer a set of four questions about that passage.
The Writing Sample gives the student a chance to express him/herself through written response to a picture prompt. The student is asked to look at the picture and tell a story about what happened and to be sure his/her story includes a beginning, a middle, and an end. This writing sample is not graded but a copy is provided to the school.