Admission - The Standard Application Online

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Standard Application Online.  Click here to begin​.​


Making Applying Easier - All About the Standard Application Online (webinar)

Do you want to apply to several schools, but don't want to spend days filling out the applications? There is an easier way!  Learn all about using the SAO in this informative webinar!​

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I want to apply to several schools, but I don't want to spend days filling out applications.  Is there an easier way?

Yes!  SSAT's Standard Application Online (SAO) has been used by thousands of students to apply to hundreds of independent schools.  You only need to fill out the biographic information, student essays, and parent statement once and get one set of teacher recommendations and transcript (easily submitted online by your teachers and administrator) to apply to any number of SSATB-member schools that accept it. 

Making Applying Easier

The Standard Application Online (SAO 2.0) has been created to simplify and standardize the process of applying to independent schools (grades PK-PG). The SAO allows families to complete one online application that will pre-fill to multiple applications and obtain one set of teacher recommendations/transcript that can be used to apply to any number of private/independent SSATB-member schools that accept it.

If you have any additional questions, or require assistance, please feel free to contact us.

Accepted by Hundreds of Schools

The SAO is accepted by hundreds of private/independent schools in the U.S., Canada and worldwide, and numerous schools use the SAO exclusively for applicants. Many schools that accept the SAO say so on their admission web page, but some do not.

​If you see one of these graphics on a school’s website, you know they accept the SAO.

A complete list of accepting schools is available here​. Click on "Accepts Standard Application Online(SAO)."


How Does it Work?

For step-by-step instructions, click here​.

Complete and submit each section of the SAO. Schools will receive the application components as and when they are submitted online by you or your teacher/administrator. All application fees are paid through SSAT.

The process is simple:​

  • Access the SAO using your SSAT account login.​ 
  • Complete and save the biographic information section to start the application process.

  • Add schools using the school search.​

  • Pay for applications using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.

  • Complete student essays and parent statement for paid application, which will pre-fill to all applications that require these components as part of their SAO.

  • Recommendation Forms (School, English, Math,Transcript): Just one set is required, regardless of how many schools to which you apply. Provide SSAT with email addresses for the teachers/administrators to whom you want the recommendation form sent.  Recommendations and transcripts are submitted securely online. Check each school's requirements to ensure you request all necessary recommendations - some schools require more than others.

  • School Supplement: Some schools require that a supplement to the SAO be completed.  Check each school's requirements and complete as needed.