How much to SSAT scores really matter when it comes to admission?

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Karen Berlin Ishii, One-to-One Test Prep for ISEE and SSAT – in NYC and via Skype

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This is a tough question that really depends on how competitive the schools are, and what else your child has to present. If s/he is a top student and low SSAT scores are an obvious anomaly, they might be downplayed. Similarly, if the school has other compelling reasons why they would want to admit your child, the scores will be less important. Factors could include gender, diversity, development (ie they are counting on your family giving them generous donations), legacy or sibling at the school, sports or other special skill, etc. Sometimes, a student might be weak in Verbal, for example, but ace the Math section. That student could be more appealing than a student with a comparable composite score who is mediocre in both areas.

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