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.

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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.

Admission Process Webinars

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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Preparing for the Test

We offer SSAT Practice Online and The Official Guide to the SSAT​.

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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 ta@enrollment.org.

Approver Information

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

Approver Overview

Application Details, Deadlines & Timelines

There are separate timelines and deadlines for having your student’s accommodations approved (which must be done first!) and registering for the SSAT. 

If you feel your student may be eligible to receive testing accommodations when taking the SSAT, please submit your application as soon as possible.

  • Allow at least 3-4 weeks for your student’s request to be reviewed and processed.
  • Depending on your student’s accommodation request, you may be required to submit documentation, which can greatly impact an application’s approval timeline. Review documentation requirements.
  • Incomplete submissions may cause delays in processing your student’s application and their ability to register for accommodated testing.
  • 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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Questions or concerns? 

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 ta@enrollment.org.

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Create a wishlist.

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Each question on The Snapshot was written by assessment development specialists and subject matter experts in psychology and education, as well as members from the independent school community.
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Students answer two types of questions.

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The Snapshot measures a student’s preferences, attitudes, and beliefs about their character. It does not measure their behavior and is not an achievement test.

Member schools using The Character Skills Snapshot will receive reports from those parents/guardians who select them as report recipients approximately two weeks following Snapshot completion. Families have the opportunity to review their report before it appears on their selected schools’ Member Access Portal (MAP).
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Snapshot Reports summarize results.

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The Snapshot is meant to complement, not replace, a holistic admissions process that includes information from cognitive tests (such as the SSAT), recommendation letters, interviews, etc.

It is not intended to determine if a student should or should not be admitted. Instead, it offers context to help you better understand the whole student.
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Schools use Snapshot insights to better understand applicants.

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