Middle Level SSAT
The Middle Level SSAT is a multiple-choice test for students currently in grades 5-7. The exam lasts 3 hours and 5 minutes and consists of three scored parts: verbal, quantitative (math), and reading comprehension sections and two unscored sections: a writing sample and an experimental section. Each of the three main Middle Level test sections is scored on a scale of 440 to 710, with a total scaled score range of 1320 to 2130.
1. Middle Level SSAT - Quantitative Section
The Quantitative (Math) section of the Middle Level SSAT last 60 minutes and consists of 50 questions split into two parts (30 minutes and 25 questions each). This section tests your ability to solve problems involving algebra, geometry, and other quantitative concepts.
Many of the questions that appear in the quantitative sections of the Middle Level SSAT are structured in mathematical terms that directly state the operation you need to perform; others may not. In these problems, carefully consider how the question is worded and the way the information is presented to determine the operation(s) to perform.
2. Middle Level SSAT - Verbal Section
The Verbal section of the Middle Level SSAT lasts 60 minutes and contains 60 multiple choice questions. The verbal section of the test has two parts: Synonyms and Analogies.
Synonyms are words with the same or similar meanings. For example, large and big are synonyms, as are beautiful and pretty. The Middle SSATs focus on vocabulary appropriate for students in grades 5-7, pulling words from all areas of study, including science, technology, and social studies. These questions test understanding of language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings by relating them to words with similar but not identical meanings.
Analogies are a comparison between two things usually seen as different, but that have some similarities. These comparisons play an important role in the development of problem solving and decision-making skills, perception and memory, communication and reasoning, reading, and vocabulary building. Analogies help students process information actively, make important decisions, and improve understanding and long-term memory. These questions require the student to demonstrate an understanding of nuances in both word meanings and relationships.
3. Middle Level SSAT - Reading Comprehension Section
The Reading Comprehension section of the Middle Level SSAT measures your ability to understand what you read and lasts 40 minutes and contains 40 questions.
The reading section consists of seven short passages (generally ranging in length from 250 to 350 words), each with four multiple-choice questions. These passages may include: Literary fiction, Humanities (biography, art, poetry), Science (anthropology, astronomy, medicine), and Social studies (history, sociology, economics).
After you read each passage, you’ll be asked questions about its content or about the author’s style, intent, or point of view. In general, the SSAT uses two types of writing: narrative, which includes excerpts from novels, poems, short stories, or essays; and argument, which presents a definite point of view about a subject.
4. Middle Level SSAT - Writing Sample
The Writing sample section of the Middle Level SSAT measures the student's ability to write and organize ideas. You will have a choice between two creative story starters and you are given 25 minutes to write a story based on one of two provided prompts. Although no score is given for this section, the writing sample is sent to the admission officers at the schools to which you send score reports, to help them assess your writing skills.
5. Middle Level SSAT - Experimental Section
The Experimental section of the Middle Level SSAT lasts 15 minutes and contains 16 questions (6 verbal, 5 reading, and 5 quantitative questions for you to answer. No score is given for this section. This section allows new types of questions to be tested for future SSAT forms. These questions appear on the SSAT to ensure they are reliable, secure, and acceptable.