About the ISEE/SSAT
The ISEE and SSAT are standardized entrance exams used for admission to private middle schools and high schools. There are three levels of the SSAT: Elementary (for current 3rd and 4th grade students), Middle (for current 5th - 7th grade students), and Upper (for current 8th - 11th grade students). Both the ISEE and SSAT assess verbal, math, and reading comprehension. While the content is the same, the tests differ in their methods. The ISEE tests vocabulary with synonyms and sentence completion, whereas the SSAT uses synonyms and analogies. ISEE reading passages tend to be longer, but the SSAT passages vary more broadly by genre. Finally, the ISEE focuses more on mathematical reasoning than the SSAT. Most independent schools accept either test for admission.