The Secondary School Admission Test SSAT and the Independent Schools Entrance Examine (ISEE) tests are used by selective private schools all across the country to determine whether or not a student has the potential to meet their school’s academic standards.

The SSAT tests students on Verbal Reasoning, Math, and Reading Comprehension. The test is comprised of five sections: a student-written essay, Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and two separate sections of Math. The essay is unscored, but it is photocopied and sent to the schools to which a student applies. Not counting breaks or orientation, the SSAT will last approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes. Students receive one point for every correct answer and zero points for unanswered questions. SSAT students lose a quarter-point for each incorrect answer. For the Lower Level SSAT, students will receive a scaled score of 440-710 for each of the three subjects tested (Verbal, Reading, and Math). The final composite score will be between 1320-2130.

Below are dates for SSAT Testing:

  • October 14, 2017
  • November 11, 2017
  • December 9, 2017
  • January 6, 2018
  • February 3, 2018
  • March 3, 2018
  • April 21, 2018
  • June 9, 2018


The ISEE is administered by the Educational Records Bureau and is given to students in grades 2nd through 12th. The ISEE is a standard assessment of skills for each applicant and ranks his or her reasoning and achievement skills among students in the same grade.


1. SSAT Admission Process

2. SSAT Test Registration Dates-Fees and Deadlines

3. SSAT Standard on Line Application

4. ISEE Overview – Admissions Portal

5. ISEE NYC Testing Locations and Dates

6. What to expect on the ISEE