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Free SSAT Middle Level Reading Diagnostic Tests

Take the Varsity Learning Tools free diagnostic test for SSAT Middle Level Reading to determine which academic concepts you understand and which ones require your ongoing attention. Each SSAT Middle Level Reading problem is tagged down to the core, underlying concept that is being tested. The SSAT Middle Level Reading diagnostic test results highlight how you performed on each area of the test. You can then utilize the results to create a personalized study plan that is based on your particular area of need.

SSAT Middle Level Reading Diagnostic Test 1

Questions: 40
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 hrs 41 mins

SSAT Middle Level Reading Diagnostic Test 2

Questions: 40
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 6 hrs 33 mins

SSAT Middle Level Reading Diagnostic Test 3

Questions: 40
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 3 hrs 48 mins

SSAT Middle Level Reading Diagnostic Test 4

Questions: 40
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 5 hrs 49 mins

SSAT Middle Level Reading Diagnostic Test 5

Questions: 40
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 10 hrs 48 mins

SSAT Middle Level Reading Diagnostic Test 6

Questions: 40
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 hrs 35 mins

If you plan on taking the Middle Level SSAT, you may be particularly worried about the Reading section, especially if English courses aren’t your favorite, or you don’t do a lot of reading in your spare time. Even if this is the case, you can adequately prepare yourself to do well on the Middle Level SSAT’s Reading section by familiarizing yourself with the way in which the section is organized, the content that it tests, and some great free resources. This guide will help you accomplish each of these things so that you will have everything you need to study effectively and feel confident when taking the Middle Level SSAT’s Reading Comprehension section.

The Middle Level SSAT’s Reading section tests your ability to understand what you read. It is the third section on the Middle Level SSAT, being given after the Writing Sample and the first Quantitative section. The Reading section contains 40 multiple-choice questions, which students are given 40 minutes to answer. Reading passages are between 250 and 350 words apiece; that’s a little more than the number of words on a single page in a paperback book of average size. Middle Level SSAT Reading passages consist of one of two types of writing: narrative writing, which is writing that is part of a story, and argumentative writing, which conveys the writer’s point of view about a particular subject and attempts to convince the reader that it is the correct point of view. Middle Level SSAT Reading passages can be drawn from sources from a variety of subjects, including Social Studies, Science, and the Humanities, as well as Literary Fiction. Poetry passages may also appear on the SSAT. All of the questions asked on the Middle Level SSAT’s Reading section are multiple-choice, and they may ask you to identify the main idea of a passage, locate details, make inferences, figure out the meaning of a specified word based on its “context,” or the way in which it is used in the passage. SSAT Reading questions may also ask you about the author’s purpose, tone, or attitude towards his or her subject matter. They may ask you to analyze the opinions or arguments presented in a passage in particular ways, or make predictions based on the information presented in a passage.

Many students find the most difficult part of the Middle Level SSAT to be time management, even though getting forty minutes to answer forty questions sounds pretty reasonable, that calculation doesn’t take into account the time it takes you to read the passage. If you need to figure out whether you need to read more quickly or have plenty of time to spare, you should check out Varsity Tutors’ free Middle Level SSAT resources, especially the free Middle Level SSAT Reading Practice Tests. Each Middle Level SSAT Reading Practice Test is made up of ten to twelve questions about a given passage or passages. You can choose to answer questions drawn from a comprehensive selection of possible question types, or choose to concentrate on one particular question type, like “analyzing the author’s tone or style”—it’s up to you. After you complete an SSAT Middle Level Reading Practice Test, you get to see detailed results, including analysis of how you did in comparison to other test takers and data about how long you took to answer each question.

You may also want to complete a Full-Length Middle Level SSAT Reading Practice Test to get a better idea of your overall understanding of the subject. The extended format can help you as you work on increasing your test-taking pace and comprehension of essential concepts. The results pages for the comprehensive tests offer all of the useful review materials provided by the concept-specific practice tests, including your scoring percentile, detailed explanations, and additional review materials for vital concepts. These complete practice tests can help you formulate a custom SSAT study plan by showing you the topics you should spend more time reviewing. After you’ve had the opportunity to brush up on your skills, you can gauge your progress by taking another Full-Length Middle Level SSAT Reading Practice Test to track your development.

So, if you’re worried about battling the clock on the Middle Level SSAT’s Reading section, use Varsity Tutors’ free SSAT resources to develop your time management skills while you study. This way, you can feel completely prepared to take on the Middle Level SSAT’s Reading section on test day!

 

Free SSAT Middle Level Reading Practice Tests

Our completely free SSAT Middle Level Reading practice tests are the perfect way to brush up your skills. Take one of our many SSAT Middle Level Reading practice tests for a run-through of commonly asked questions. You will receive incredibly detailed scoring results at the end of your SSAT Middle Level Reading practice test to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. Pick one of our SSAT Middle Level Reading practice tests now and begin!

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Humanities passages practice test

Questions: 16
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 hrs 4 mins

Argumentative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 40 secs

Authorial attitude, tone, and purpose in argumentative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 3
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Average Time Spent: 1 d 9 hrs

Determining authorial attitude in argumentative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 38 mins

Determining authorial purpose in argumentative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 58 secs

Determining authorial tone in argumentative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 21 secs

Context-dependent meanings of words and phrases in argumentative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 3 mins

Finding context-dependent meanings of phrases in argumentative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 38 secs

Finding context-dependent meanings of words in argumentative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 40 secs

Main idea, details, opinions, and arguments in argumentative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 4 secs

Locating details in argumentative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 2 mins 14 secs

Recognizing the main idea in argumentative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 38 secs

Understanding and evaluating opinions and arguments in argumentative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 38 mins

Narrative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 13
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 9 mins

Authorial attitude, tone, and purpose in narrative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 6
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 5 mins

Determining authorial attitude in narrative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 mins

Determining authorial purpose in narrative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 57 secs

Determining authorial tone in narrative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 4
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 mins

Context-dependent meanings of words and phrases in narrative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 17 mins

Finding context-dependent meanings of phrases in narrative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 58 secs

Finding context-dependent meanings of words in narrative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 11
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 5 mins

Inferences and predictions in narrative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 12 secs

Making inferences in narrative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 4 secs

Making predictions based on narrative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 3 mins

Main idea, details, opinions, and arguments in narrative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 11
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 18 mins

Locating details in narrative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 4
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 11 secs

Recognizing the main idea in narrative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 40 secs

Understanding and evaluating opinions and arguments in narrative humanities passages practice test

Questions: 6
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 3 mins

Literary fiction passages practice test

Questions: 3
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Average Time Spent: 3 mins

Authorial attitude, tone, and purpose in literary fiction passages practice test

Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 2 mins 3 secs

Determining authorial attitude in literary fiction passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Determining authorial purpose in literary fiction passages practice test

Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 45 secs

Determining authorial tone in literary fiction passages practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 58 secs

Context-dependent meanings of words and phrases in literary fiction passages practice test

Questions: 5
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Average Time Spent: 4 mins

Finding context-dependent meanings of phrases in literary fiction passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 24 secs

Finding context-dependent meanings of words in literary fiction passages practice test

Questions: 4
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 17 secs

Inferences and predictions in literary fiction passages practice test

Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 6 secs

Making inferences in literary fiction passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 26 secs

Making predictions based on literary fiction passages practice test

Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 2 mins 21 secs

Main idea, details, opinions, and arguments in literary fiction passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 59 secs

Locating details in literary fiction passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 25 secs

Recognizing the main idea in literary fiction passages practice test

Questions: 5
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Average Time Spent: 7 mins

Understanding and evaluating opinions and arguments in literary fiction passages practice test

Questions: 7
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Average Time Spent: 4 mins

Poetry passages practice test

Questions: 14
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 10 mins

Authorial attitude, tone, and purpose in poetry passages practice test

Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 6 mins

Determining authorial purpose in poetry passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Determining authorial tone in poetry passages practice test

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Context-dependent meanings of words and phrases in poetry passages practice test

Questions: 6
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Average Time Spent: 2 mins 31 secs

Finding context-dependent meanings of words in poetry passages practice test

Questions: 6
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Average Time Spent: 2 mins 3 secs

Inferences and predictions in poetry passages practice test

Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 7 secs

Making inferences in poetry passages practice test

Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 3 mins

Main idea, details, opinions, and arguments in poetry passages practice test

Questions: 4
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 36 secs

Locating details in poetry passages practice test

Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 35 secs

Recognizing the main idea in poetry passages practice test

Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 11 secs

Science passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 42 secs

Argumentative science passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 21 secs

Authorial attitude, tone, and purpose in argumentative science passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 3 d 21 hrs

Determining authorial attitude in argumentative science passages practice test

Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 36 secs

Determining authorial purpose in argumentative science passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 7 secs

Determining authorial tone in argumentative science passages practice test

Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 35 secs

Context-dependent meanings of words and phrases in argumentative science passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 12 secs

Finding context-dependent meanings of phrases in argumentative science passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 13 secs

Finding context-dependent meanings of words in argumentative science passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 mins

Inferences and predictions in argumentative science passages practice test

Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 3 mins

Making inferences in argumentative science passages practice test

Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 13 secs

Making predictions based on argumentative science passages practice test

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Main idea, details, opinions, and arguments in argumentative science passages practice test

Questions: 4
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Average Time Spent: 55 secs

Locating details in argumentative science passages practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 20 secs

Recognizing the main idea in argumentative science passages practice test

Questions: 3
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Average Time Spent: 18 secs

Understanding and evaluating opinions and arguments in argumentative science passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 3 secs

Narrative science passages practice test

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 20 mins

Authorial attitude, tone, and purpose in narrative science passages practice test

Questions: 5
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 6 mins

Determining authorial attitude in narrative science passages practice test

Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 28 secs

Determining authorial purpose in narrative science passages practice test

Questions: 4
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Average Time Spent: 4 mins

Determining authorial tone in narrative science passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 41 secs

Context-dependent meanings of words and phrases in narrative science passages practice test

Questions: 3
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Average Time Spent: 37 secs

Finding context-dependent meanings of phrases in narrative science passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 45 secs

Finding context-dependent meanings of words in narrative science passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 28 secs

Inferences and predictions in narrative science passages practice test

Questions: 4
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 35 secs

Making inferences in narrative science passages practice test

Questions: 4
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 57 secs

Making predictions based on narrative science passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 43 secs

Main idea, details, opinions, and arguments in narrative science passages practice test

Questions: 4
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 8 hrs 50 mins

Locating details in narrative science passages practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 46 secs

Recognizing the main idea in narrative science passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 59 secs

Understanding and evaluating opinions and arguments in narrative science passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 40 secs

Social science passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 52 secs

Argumentative social science passages practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 7 secs

Authorial attitude, tone, and purpose in argumentative social science passages practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 23 secs

Determining authorial attitude in argumentative social science passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 10 secs

Determining authorial purpose in argumentative social science passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 40 secs

Determining authorial tone in argumentative social science passages practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 37 secs

Context-dependent meanings of words and phrases in argumentative social science passages practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 42 secs

Finding context-dependent meanings of words in argumentative social science passages practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 40 secs

Inferences and predictions in argumentative social science passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Making inferences in argumentative social science passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Main idea, details, opinions, and arguments in argumentative social science passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 mins

Locating details in argumentative social science passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Recognizing the main idea in argumentative social science passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 35 secs

Narrative social science passages practice test

Questions: 25
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 18 mins

Authorial attitude, tone, and purpose in narrative social science passages practice test

Questions: 6
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 5 mins

Determining authorial attitude in narrative social science passages practice test

Questions: 1
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Determining authorial purpose in narrative social science passages practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 18 secs

Determining authorial tone in narrative social science passages practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 54 secs

Context-dependent meanings of words and phrases in narrative social science passages practice test

Questions: 19
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 15 mins

Finding context-dependent meanings of phrases in narrative social science passages practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 44 secs

Finding context-dependent meanings of words in narrative social science passages practice test

Questions: 19
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 d 13 hrs

Inferences and predictions in narrative social science passages practice test

Questions: 5
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 54 secs

Making inferences in narrative social science passages practice test

Questions: 5
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 6 mins

Making predictions based on narrative social science passages practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 40 secs

Main idea, details, opinions, and arguments in narrative social science passages practice test

Questions: 24
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 22 mins

Locating details in narrative social science passages practice test

Questions: 13
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 9 mins

Recognizing the main idea in narrative social science passages practice test

Questions: 5
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 mins

Understanding and evaluating opinions and arguments in narrative social science passages practice test

Questions: 6
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 6 mins
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