SSAT Test Dates for 2024-2025

Bonus Material: PrepMaven’s SSAT Guidebook

Planning to apply to private schools in the 2024-2025 school year? If so, you’ll likely have to take the SSAT this year! While many students stress about this important part of the admissions process, we’re here to help. 

It’s true that the SSAT can feel high stakes: it’s a difficult test unlike anything you’ve taken before. And, especially for selective private schools, an SSAT score can make or break an application. 

At PrepMaven, we’ve worked with countless SSAT test-takers, and we’ve seen that every student has the potential to tremendously improve their SSAT score. Two main factors affect whether they do: being prepared and having the right guidance. 

In this post, we’ll help you with the former, breaking down the SSAT testing options and SSAT test dates for the coming year. 

We’ll also include our totally free SSAT Guidebook, updated frequently to give you the most up-to-date information on every aspect of the SSAT. 

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This is a bit of a tricky question, since there are really multiple SSAT formats and testing options to choose from. 

However, when most people think of the SSAT–whether the elementary, middle, or upper tests–they’re thinking of the standard, paper-based test administration. 

Each year, the makers of the SSAT offer 6 standard test dates for students in the US. These paper-based SSATs are administered at standard testing locations (usually, schools). 

SSAT Flex testing is exactly the same as the standard paper-based SSAT, but allows you to take the test on a different date or at a different location. Students, regardless of whether they’re taking the elementary, middle, or upper SSAT, are capped at 1 Flex per year. 

There is also the computer-based SSAT, which is administered at Prometric centers or at home. 

Theoretically, computer-based testing is offered many, many times a year. But students taking the Middle-level or Upper-level SSATs are capped at a maximum of 2 computer-based tests per year, whether taken at home or at Prometric testing centers. 

Students taking the elementary test don’t have the options of computer-based testing: they can only take the paper-based test, and are capped at 2 standard tests per year, plus one sitting of the SSAT Flex. 

Regardless of when (or how often) you take the SSAT, you want to make sure that your scores will be available before your application deadlines. You can find these on the admissions offices websites for schools you’re interested in. 

Of course, just because the SSAT can be taken 9 times a year (or 3 times a year for elementary-level test-takers) doesn’t mean you should take it that many times. Read our post here to learn how many times you should take the SSAT. 

For more information on how the SSAT fits into private school admissions, check out our free guidebook below. It’s got over 90 pages of content on: 

  • Application process
  • Private school application deadlines
  • Testing accommodations 
  • Score reports


Each year, the SSAT test-makers announce the standard test dates for the coming year on August 1

At the time of this writing, they haven’t yet announced the test dates for 2024-2025 (we’ll be sure to update as soon as they do). 

But don’t despair! The SSAT is quite predictable, so you can have a confident sense of when it will be offered by looking at historical trends. 

For 2024-2025, you can expect the following SSAT standard test dates: 

  • Mid-October
  • Mid-November
  • Early December
  • Early January
  • Early February
  • Mid-April

And, of course, you can expect plenty of flexibility with the computer-based test, whether taken at home or at Prometric testing centers. Availability for these varies, and it’s a good idea to consult the SSAT.org website. 

You can learn more about different testing centers, policies, and logistics in our free, 90-page guide to the SSAT, free to download here

Use these estimated test dates to ensure you give yourself at least 3 months to start SSAT prep–ideally by working with an expert tutor to maximize your score potential. 


Now that you know when the SSAT is, there’s no better time to start preparing for it. Typically, we recommend at least 3 months of test prep to maximize your SSAT score. 

To start, you can check out our Complete Guide to the SSAT, as well as our list of the best SSAT practice resources. 

If you are considering getting expert help, we’ve done the hard work for you: check out our list of the 13 Best SSAT Tutoring Services, meticulously researched and reviewed by our team. 

In the meantime, consider downloading our free SSAT Guidebook. It’s updated each year, and includes over 90 pages of information on everything from the registration process to practice resources to score reports. 

And, of course, consider scheduling a free test-prep consultation with our team. Our Ivy-League tutors have helped countless students ace the SSAT–and at far more reasonable prices than you’d get from the test-prep giants. 


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Mike is a PhD candidate studying English literature at Duke University. Mike is an expert test prep tutor (SAT/ACT/LSAT) and college essay consultant. Nearly all of Mike’s SAT/ACT students score in the top 5% of test takers; many even score above 1500 on the SAT. His college essay students routinely earn admission into their top-choice schools, including Harvard, Brown, and Dartmouth. And his LSAT students have been accepted In into the top law schools in the country, including Harvard, Yale, and Columbia Law.