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SSAT Test Dates: Complete Guide to Choosing (2019, 2020)

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM

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When are the upcoming SSAT test dates? How often is this test administered? Students hoping to attend private schools often need to take the SSAT, and since this test is only given a few times a year, it's important to know the upcoming SSAT test dates so you can register early enough to ensure you get a spot.

In this guide, we provide you with a chart of the upcoming SSAT test dates, which makes it easy to see when you can take the test and when you need to register for it. We also give tips on test fees, explain what to expect on test day, and offer advice on when you should take the SSAT.

 

When Are Upcoming SSAT Test Dates?

The SSAT is administered eight times during the school year (August 1 to July 31). Middle and Upper versions of the test (for students in grades 5 through 11) are given on every test date, but the Elementary-level SSAT (for students in grades 3 and 4) is not administered on the October, November, or June dates.

Here's a chart of all upcoming SSAT dates and their registration deadlines. You should register for the SSAT at least three weeks before the test date to avoid late fees. You can technically register for the SSAT up to just three days before the exam, but you'll end up paying anywhere from $45 to $85 in late fees, depending on how late you sign up.

 

2019-2020 SSAT Test Dates and Deadlines

SSAT Exam Date Regular Registration Deadline Late Registration Begins ($45 Fee) Rush Registration Begins ($85 Fee) Last Day for Registration
Dec 14, 2019 Nov 23, 2019 Nov 24, 2019 Dec 1, 2019 Dec 11, 2019
Jan 4, 2020 Dec 14, 2019 Dec 15, 2019 Dec 22, 2019 Jan 1, 2020
Feb 8, 2020 Jan 18, 2020 Jan 19, 2020 Jan 26, 2020 Feb 5, 2020
Mar 7, 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Feb 23, 2020 Mar 4, 2020
Apr 25, 2020 Apr 4, 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Apr 12, 2020 Apr 22, 2020
June 13, 2020* May 23, 2020 May 24, 2020 May 31, 2020 June 10, 2020

Source: SSAT.org

*No Elementary-Level SSAT testing on these dates

 

If your student requires additional testing accommodations or needs to take the SSAT on a Sunday due to religious reasons, you may apply for testing accommodations. You'll need to apply at least four weeks before the desired test date and have any requested materials submitted at least two weeks before the test date.

While the 2020-2021 SSAT test dates have not yet been officially released, we can use the patterns of previous testing years to make an educated guess as to when they will take place. Here are our projections for the 2020-2021 SSAT test dates and deadlines.

 

2020-2021 SSAT Test Dates and Deadlines (Projections)

SSAT Exam Date Regular Registration Deadline Late Registration Begins ($45 Fee) Rush Registration Begins ($85 Fee) Last Day for Registration
Oct 17, 2020* Sept 26, 2020 Sept 27, 2020 Oct 4, 2020 Oct 14, 2020
Nov 14, 2020* Oct 24, 2020 Oct 25, 2020 Nov 1, 2020 Nov 11, 2020
Dec 12, 2020 Nov 21, 2020 Nov 22, 2020 Nov 29, 2020 Dec 9, 2020
Jan 9, 2021 Dec 19, 2020 Dec 20, 2020 Dec 27, 2020 Jan 6, 2021
Feb 6, 2021 Jan 16, 2021 Jan 17, 2021 Jan 24, 2021 Feb 3, 2021
Mar 6, 2021 Feb 13, 2021 Feb 14, 2021 Feb 21, 2021 Mar 3, 2021
Apr 24, 2021 Apr 3, 2021 Apr 4, 2021 Apr 11, 2021 Apr 21, 2021
June 12, 2021* May 22, 2021 May 23, 2021 May 30, 2021 June 9, 2021

*No Elementary-Level SSAT testing on these dates

 

What to Expect on SSAT Test Day

Once you figure out your SSAT test date, there's still more work to do! In this section, we discuss all the info you need to be prepared on exam day.

 

Where Are SSAT Exams Usually Held?

SSAT exams are usually held at private schools and sometimes designated test centers. When you register for the SSAT, you'll see a list of test center locations nearest to you, with the closest location appearing at the top.

 

What Happens on Test Day?

Most exams begin at 9:00 am, but you should double-check your admission ticket to ensure this is the case for the exam you register for. Make sure to arrive at the testing location at least 30 minutes early.

The Elementary-Level test is about 110 minutes long, while the Middle and Upper-Level SSATs are about 170 minutes long. The Elementary-Level test includes one break, whereas the Middle and Upper-Level tests have two breaks.

To learn more about what the SSAT tests and the types of questions you can expect, check out our in-depth guide to the SSAT.

 

What Should You Bring to the SSAT?

On test day, remember to bring the following:

  • Your SSAT admission ticket
  • Sharpened #2 pencils
  • An eraser

That's all you'll need during the test!

 

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When Should You Take the SSAT?

The most important factor for deciding when to take the SSAT is the admissions deadline of the school(s) you're applying to. Scores are sent about two weeks after the SSAT exam, so you'll need to select a test date that's at least two weeks before the admission deadline.

If possible, you might want to choose a test date later in the school year so your child has time to learn more and possibly score higher on the SSAT. Remember, the SSAT you register for is the one for the grade your child is currently in, not the grade they'll be entering the following year.

 

Recap: Choosing SSAT Dates

It's important to know SSAT test locations and dates well before exam day so that you can register in time and meet the deadlines of the school(s) you're applying to. The SSAT is administered eight times a year, typically at private schools.

SSAT testing dates are pretty consistent, so you can predict future test dates based on the upcoming SSAT dates. Most SSAT tests begin at 9 am and last between two and three hours.

You should pick your test date primarily on the application deadlines of the schools you're applying to. SSAT test dates later in the year should give your child time to learn more material and earn a higher score.

 

What's Next?

Want to learn more about what's covered on the Elementary, Middle, and Upper-level tests? Then be sure to read our complete guide to the SSAT.

Looking for free materials to use for SSAT practice? We've gathered links to the best free SSAT practice tests here.

You now know when the SSAT is offered, but how do you register for it? Learn all the info you need to know in our step-by-step guide to SSAT registration.

 

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Christine Sarikas
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Christine graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Environmental Biology and Geography and received her Master's from Duke University. In high school she scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and was named a National Merit Finalist. She has taught English and biology in several countries.



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