The SSAT exam is used by the most elite US Boarding Schools to measure their prospective students abilities in reading, writing, and mathematics. The test is meant to both reflect and push students beyond the parameters of their in-school syllabi, measuring their abilities in areas from vocabulary to logical reasoning.
The exam consists of 5 sections: an initial essay (25 minutes), the first math section (30 minutes), a critical reading section (40 minutes), a verbal section (30 minutes), and a second math section (30 minutes).
The test is scored out of 2400 points, allotting 800 to math, 800 to reading, and 800 to the student's verbal performance. Students are also to a percentile, based on how they perform against their peers of the same grade level.