boy-sittingThank you for your interest in Ivy Bound! We’re proud to offer exceptional tutors who can help students succeed on the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).

What is the SSAT?

The SSAT is required for students in third through 11th grade who are seeking admission to most prep schools. Math, Verbal, Reading Comprehension and Writing are all tested on this exam, which is broken down by grade level (Lower, Middle and Upper).

Most of our instructors are graduates of the nation’s top universities and all Ivy Bound SSAT instructors thoroughly enjoy teaching teens.

Private tutoring usually takes place at your home, but SSAT tutors are happy to meet at the school or local library. Ivy Bound is also willing to work directly with your school to offer SSAT class schedules.

Whether a student needs only verbal and math help or a full SSAT course, we are eager to help with one-on-one attention to your child’s needs. Ivy Bound can accommodate gender and/or experience preferences and usually has tutors available for students with special learning needs.

What you can expect as a client:

  • Instructors who teach with clarity & enthusiasm
  • Materials and strategies that target SSAT success
  • Work that is tailored to the student’s needs
  • Instructors who know the test and know teens
  • Learning from your home (parent sit-in optional)
  • Write more proficiently under time pressure
  • Build your vocabulary
  • Improve your Algebra and Geometry Skills

Ivy Bound’s Testing Recommendations

Ivy Bound urges students to consider taking both the ISEE and the SSAT. At the 9 – 12 level, the SSAT content is close to the ISEE content.

There is no limit to the number of SSAT tests that students can take and it is offered 8 times per year. Students are also allowed to take one Flex Test per year. Flex is a privately administered SSAT and Ivy Bound recommends it.

The ISEE can only be taken during three testing windows – Fall (August – November), Winter (December – March), and Spring/Summer (April – July). Only one test is allowed per window and there is a limit of 3 tests in a 12-month period. It makes sense to try to make the first time count, and then be done.

Students taking the ISEE who can use the SSAT for admission should plan to take the SSAT shortly after the ISEE, in consecutive months if possible.