There are three levels of the test: the Elementry level for students applying to 4th grade, the Middle level for students applying to 6, 7 and 8, and the Upper level, designed for students applying to 9 to 11.
The SSAT consists of two parts: a brief essay and a multiple choice test that includes Mathematics, Reading Comprehension and Verbal sections. In all, there are five sections.
The SSAT consists of five sections:
Essay on an assigned topic, which you're given 25 minutes to write.
Quantitative - this is actually two sections, each of which last 30 minutes and include 25 questions on basic and more complex math skills.
Verbal - this section also lasts 30 minutes, and consists of 30 questions on synonyms, and 30 questions on analogies.
Reading Comprehension - you'll have 40 minutes to complete this section. You'll be tested on several passages, with 40 questions to demonstrate your reading speed and comprehension.
Your choice of schools will receive your scores, as well as your percentile ranking, less than two weeks after the test date. Parents will receive the same report by email or by mail.