What Do My Scores Mean?
If you’re like most people, you’ll quickly scan your score report trying to find the magic number that will tell you whether your scores are good or bad. However, with an admission test like the SSAT, this is not an easy thing to do.
First, remember that the purpose of an admission test is to offer a common measure of academic ability which can be used to compare all applicants. In the case of the SSAT, the test-taker population is a relatively homogeneous one—students applying to college-preparatory private/independent schools. Given this, it is important to keep in mind that your scores are being compared only to students in this academically elite group.
If all students performed well on an admission test, it would lose its value in helping differentiate among candidates. Most people are not aware that a "good" admission test question is only answered correctly about half of the time. The overall difficulty level of the SSAT is built to be at 50%-60%. Thus, it’s fair to say that the SSAT is difficult because it is supposed to be.