SSAT Testing Accommodations

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Ensuring test-takers with disabilities receive reasonable accommodations when taking the SSAT. 

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Testing accommodations are practices and procedures intended to provide equitable access to the SSAT for students with disabilities.

These accommodations are designed to limit or eliminate the effects of a student’s disabilities on their test performance so that they can demonstrate their true academic and intellectual abilities. 

Any student with an identified disabling condition or impairment that substantially limits their ability to perform a major life activity is eligible. Major life activities include, but are not limited to: seeing, hearing, speaking, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and learning.

SSAT accommodations expire on July 31, 2021. Students will need to reapply and be approved for accommodations before registering for tests beginning August 1, 2021.

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The SSAT is now offered year-round using multiple testing options.

A standardized test focused on verbal, math, and reading skills, the SSAT is not an achievement test or a measurement of personal characteristics. It is one component of a complete application.

Depending on the level, students can take the paper-based Flex SSAT at a school or test center, the computer-based SSAT at Home, or the computer-based SSAT at a Prometric test center.

Registration will open as follows:

  • August 1: Paper-based testing — Flex, International, Elementary, and Benchmark options
  • August 8: Computer-based testing — SSAT at Home and Prometric test centers options
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SSAT score reports do not indicate if a student is provided testing accommodations.

There is no “flagging” of test scores.

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We offer a number of free webinars for families to assist them during the admissions process and provide more information about the SSAT, the Standard Application Online, and the Character Skills Snapshot.

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SSAT Accommodations & COVID-19

EMA’s goal throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been to increase testing access without compromising the safety of test-takers or test center staff. This meant adapting operations across all areas, including the testing accommodations program. 

It is important for all families to review the subtle differences between the traditional paper-based SSAT, computer-based testing with Prometric, and SSAT At-Home testing options. We also highly recommend that families still complete an online application requesting any paper-based testing accommodations, regardless of which testing option is selected.

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Common Testing Accommodations

From additional testing time to supportive technology to medical equipment and more, EMA accommodates a variety of testing needs. 

  • If your student requires an accommodation not listed in our appendix, enter as “other” when completing the online application.
  • If you are unsure of your student’s educational testing needs, please contact your student’s current school or medical professionals to discuss appropriate testing accommodations.
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Family Responsibility Statement

It is the family’s responsibility to provide all equipment, materials, and personnel necessary to support a student’s approved accommodations on test day for all computer-based AND paper-based SSAT administrations.

This policy is focused on minimizing stress for the student on test day, and giving them the ability to work with individuals and equipment with which they are comfortable and familiar.If you have any concerns about your family’s ability to provide anything needed for your student to successfully complete testing, please contact EMA immediately, and well in advance of your scheduled test date, at

Approver Information

Do you anticipate serving as an approver of SSAT accommodations? Read the Approver Overview.

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Application Details, Deadlines & Timelines

Students requiring accommodations when completing the SSAT must apply and get approved for their accommodations prior to registering for testing. Please be advised that SSAT standard test registrations close two weeks before each test date, and the amount of reviewal time for accommodation applications varies depending on the nature of each request. As a result, it's best to start this process as early as possible to provide adequate time for review and approval in advance of your student's desired test dates. 

  • Depending on your student’s accommodation request, you may be required to submit documentation, which can greatly impact an application’s approval timeline. When applying for accommodations, the form will advise if documentation is required.
  • Your student’s testing accommodations must be approved before registering for an SSAT with testing accommodations.
  • Students only need to be approved for testing accommodations once per testing year (August 1 to July 31). Indicate your student’s need for testing accommodations each time you register for testing.
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If you have any concerns about your family’s ability to provide anything needed for your student to successfully complete testing, please contact EMA immediately, and well in advance of your scheduled test date, at

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