I’ve worked with a few kids on the SSAT and it didn’t seem too onerous to me. I don’t know much about the process in which students need to register, etc…and maybe the bureaucracy of it is a pain.
It’s not less fair than the SAT or ACT. There’s so much more riding on those tests, )or there has been, until recently.) Namely, for a lot of students taking the SAT or ACT, the difference can be counted in $ and can affect their chances of actually affording college. The SSAT is for kids whose parents are wealthy. Yes, some scholarship students will take it too, but public education is free for everyone until they finish high school. It’s not like a child needs to attend a private school in order to get a high school education.
Every kid taking this is trying to get into private school. So by definition, that limits the pool of students taking it. These are students who already have many advantages in life so it’s very difficult to agree with your claims in this post. I would like to know more about why you think it needs to be challenged and what you think isn’t fair about it.