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What is the SSAT?

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is a required standardized test used for admission by about 300 independent schools in the United States. An additional 300 schools request or accept SSAT scores.

The SSAT assesses the verbal, math and reading comprehension of examinees, and indicates the level of success students will achieve at these independent schools.

The SSAT consists of three scored sections: verbal, quantitative skills, and reading comprehension. Examinees will have to take an unscored writing sample, which will be sent to all independent schools examinees are applying to.

TThe verbal section is composed of 30 synonym and 30 analogy-type questions which measure the ability to use language.

The quantitative skills section is composed of two parts of 25 questions each and measures understanding of mathematical concepts and problem solving.

The reading comprehension section is composed of 40 questions and assesses the ability to understand what was read.

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Upper & Lower Level Examinees

The SSAT is available in the two levels: upper and lower.

The upper level test is designed for students in grades 8 through 11, whereas the lower level test is designed for students in grades 5 through 7.

How to Register

Because NMC does not receive registration bulletins for the SSAT, only online registration is available for this test.
Visit the SSAT official website at to register online.

Test Fees

It costs $100 to take the SSAT for testing year 2008-2009 . There is an additional $25 fee for late* registration. The standby* registration fee is an additional $55.

Acceptable forms of payment include: credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express)

*Only the online registration option is permitted for late registration or standby registration.

Standby registration is permitted after late registration closes up until 8:00 a.m. on the test date. If the test center is not "CLOSED" or "FULL," standby registration will be allowed. However, standby registration is not guaranteed.

If you register as standby and seats are not available, you may transfer your registration to a future test date at no extra cost. You may e-mail, fax or mail your requested test date change, along with a copy of your standby admission ticket and registration number to confirm your registration at a future test date.

What to Bring to the Test Center

  1. Your valid photo ID (passport, driver's license, student ID with photo and signature, military ID)
  2. Your admission ticket
  3. Two #2 or HB pencils

Important Test Center Information

  • Test Center Name: Northern Marianas College
  • Test Center Number: U250

Tests are administered in Building A or D. Signs are posted on the day of the test.

For more information, visit the official SSAT website, or call/email Ana B. Santos , Testing Coordinator, at the Career Center, NMC Saipan, at 234-5498 ext. 1311 and at