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The SSAT is your first step toward independent school success.

Since 1957, students have used the SSAT to showcase their verbal, math, and reading skills to admissions professionals. It’s one important component of a complete application process, and it helps both schools and students ensure they find the best match.

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Safe and Convenient Ways to Take The SSAT

EMA testing experts continually monitor the SSAT to ensure it remains:

In the U.S. and Canada

There are three ways to take the Middle or Upper Level test inside the U.S. and Canada:

  1. Computer-Based SSAT at Home (U.S. and Canada Only)
  2. Computer-Based testing at a Prometric Test Center
  3. Paper-Based testing with Flex dates

Need Elementary Level Testing? 

Learn more about testing in the U.S., Canada and Internationally.


Internationally

There are two ways to take the Middle or Upper Level test outside the U.S. and Canada:

  1. Paper-based testing is available on Standard dates in China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Jamaica, Myanmar, and other locations as they become available.
    Find a Paper-based test center nearby.
  2. Computer-Based testing at a Prometric Test Center available in most other international locations.
    Find a Prometric test center nearby.
Note: For Prometric test center search enter "SSAT by the Enrollment Management Association" into this search as both the test sponsor and program.

SSAT Testing Options

Now you can take the gold-standard test for admission at a test center, on paper, or at home.

Computer-Based SSAT at Home

  • New for 2020
  • U.S. and Canada Only
  • Proctored computer-based testing at home
  • Can be taken up to 5 times/year
  • Middle & Upper Level Only

Computer-Based SSAT at Prometric Test Center

  • Available in the U.S, Canada and many international locations
  • Proctored computer-based testing at a test center
  • Can be taken 2 times/year
  • Middle & Upper Level Only

Paper-Based SSAT

  • Available in the U.S, Canada and many international locations
  • Standard dates can be taken up to 5 times/yr
  • Flex dates can be taken 1 time/yr
  • Limited availability due to COVID-19

The SSAT is the gold-standard test that helps students stand out in the admission process.

Testing Accommodations for The SSAT

We are committed to ensuring that test takers with disabilities receive reasonable accommodations when taking The SSAT. We also offer the opportunity for Sunday testing to accommodate those who cannot test on Saturday due to religious observance.

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Practice for the SSAT online.

Official SSAT Practice Materials help your student get ready for the SSAT with both online and books available. Try the free mini-test or get an online subscription to practice for a year. You can also order the books. All practice upgrades include 4 full length tests. Online practice includes quizzes and other practice materials.

A standardized test that helps you stand out,

The SSAT is the gold-standard for independent school admission. 

SSAT Pricing

ELEMENTARY
Domestic
$85
International
$195
MIDDLE/UPPER
Domestic
$144
International
$279
ADDITIONAL FEES
Late Registration
+$45
Rush Registration
+$85

Provide schools with a holistic picture of your student during the admissions process.

The Character Skills Snapshot is an innovative online tool that measures students' preferences toward seven character skills. Taken at home in approximately 25 minutes, it provides a richer, holistic view of your student. The Snapshot measures a student's preferences, attitudes, and beliefs about their character and is meant to complement more traditional cognitive assessments such as The SSAT.

The Character Skills Snapshot is included when you register for The SSAT.

Learn MoreRegister for The Snapshot

Why Join EMA?

Reach More Students.

Enhance your marketing efforts with powerful enrollment tools, such as targeted lists of thousands of prospective families already interested in independent schools.

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Make Confident Decisions.

Assessment tools like the SSAT and The Character Skills Snapshot, along with personal member support, help schools drive smart enrollment decisions.

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Apply Real-Time Data.

EMA’s industry-leading data dashboards, specialized research, and trend analyses help schools operationalize information and set smart enrollment strategies.

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Connect in Person.

Attend exclusive events and trainings, and receive discounts to the EMA Annual Conference, the largest independent school enrollment management conference in the world.

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Enhance Your Skillset.

EMA’s professional development programs not only help you discover new ways to solve the daily problems you face, but also ensure you’re constantly building your own portfolio of skills.

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Build Stronger Networks.

Connect with a community of peers, gain insights from others in your network, and access specialized thought-leader articles and resources.

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The SSAT is a relevant, reliable, and secure way for independent schools

to compare applicants from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

The Character Skills Snapshot:
Impact in Action

“We feel we have a better idea of who our kids are. The content of our conversations evolved.” Lakeside School (WA) discusses how the Character Skills Snapshot ensures a more holistic admissions process.

Build and submit one application to hundreds of schools.

The Standard Application Online (SAO) simplifies the process for families applying to private schools. Students can submit their information, essays, transcripts, and recommendations once to any school that accepts it.

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