SSAT Test Taker Survey: How Students Study for the SSAT

Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 1.10.30 PMIn a recent survey of nearly 300 SSAT test takers, the Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB) identified some common SSAT study habits and SSAT score findings.

Students Who Take the SSAT More Than Once Usually Get a Higher SSAT Score

About 77% of students who took the SSAT two times or more saw their score increase over the first time taking it.

There are a few reasons for this. About 36% of SSAT test takers planned to use their first SSAT as a practice test. Several people we spoke to in-person said they wanted to see how well they’d do with little to no SSAT practice. Others studied for the SSAT, but didn’t have a good grasp of the test format or what would be on the test until they got that first SSAT under their belt.

SSAT Practice Books are the Most Popular Way to Study for the SSAT

SSAT test takers preferred studying for the test with print books like the “The Official Guide to the SSAT”. The second most popular SSAT study method was to work with a tutor or family and friends. The third most popular SSAT study method was to use SSAT practice programs, whether in-person or online.

Most Students Take the SSAT within 30 Days of Registering For It

Approximately 34% of the SSAT test takers surveyed left themselves 30 days or less between SSAT test registration and the actual SSAT test date. Another 31% registered to take the SSAT between 30 and 60 days before taking the test. Some students began practicing for the SSAT long before registering for the SSAT, but others don’t start until they register.

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