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

SSAT at Home registration opens August 8, 2020

The SSAT at Home is offered in a remote-proctoring, online environment that is secure, browser-based, and monitored by artificial intelligence tools. Test accommodations will also be available for students needing this option.

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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.

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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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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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