The Standard Application Online


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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. 


​Video: Applying Made Easy Using the SAO  


How Does it Work?

Complete and submit each section of the SAO. Schools will receive the application components 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 the 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 link​ 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.  If you are working with a placement director or educational consultant, check with them first to determine their preference for recommendation submission.

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

Making Applying Easier

The Standard Application Online 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. Numerous schools use the SAO exclusively for applicants. Many schools that accept the SAO list this information on their admission web page.   You may also use the SSAT School Search to find participating schools.

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

A complete list of accepting schools is available here​. Be sure to click on the box labeled  "Accepts Standard Application Online(SAO)."
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Can My Placement Director/Educational Consultant Help?

You may enable your placement director or consultant to monitor your applications and manage the recommendation and submission process.  Simply add your school (placement) or educational consultant's name when prompted to add an advisor within the SAO interface.