Run a system check before scheduling or as soon as possible to ensure compliance. Complete the system check using the Chrome browser on the testing computer. Perform another system check three to four days before testing so you can still reschedule for free if your system no longer meets the requirements.
The SSAT at Home works on a Mac or PC (laptop or desktop) with a microphone, speaker, webcam, Chrome browser, and a strong internet connection. It doesn’t work on a Chromebook, tablet, or cell phone.
You can request an Equity Tech Kit for free if you don’t have a computer that meets the requirements or stable internet access (a fee waiver is not required). Kits include a laptop and a mobile internet hotspot.
Please note: Request a kit before scheduling because delivery can take a few weeks. If you have already scheduled and are unsure if it will arrive on time, you can reschedule for free as long as it is 72 hours or more before testing.
After registering for the SSAT at Home and running a system check, schedule the SSAT at Home with PSI, our testing partner, from the “My Tests” page in your account. The date you select must be before or on the final at-home test date in July of the current testing year.
Select a well-lit room with stable internet access without anything on the walls or surrounding area that could help the test taker. The test taker must be seated in a chair at a desk or table free of all prohibited items such as cell phones, watches, and snacks. Except for approved accommodations, only two pieces of plain notepaper, a pencil, and a clear water bottle are allowed in the work area.
It’s also critical that other people in the house limit internet use and leave the test taker alone.
Restart your computer and close all applications. Launch the test using the Chrome browser 30 minutes before the scheduled start time from the “My Tests” page in your account.
The remote proctor will join the session up to 10–15 minutes after the scheduled start time for check-in and the room scan. Parents may assist with the setup, but you must leave the room when the proctor asks before testing begins (stay nearby to help if an issue arises). The proctor remains available to the student via chat for questions, and the test timer doesn’t start until check-in is complete.
Late policy: Appointments are guaranteed for 15 minutes after the start time before cancellation; testers who miss the sign-in window must register and pay for a new test.
In addition to the test-area regulations reviewed above, the SSAT at Home has testing rules designed to keep students focused and maintain test integrity.
- Students can’t talk, cover their mouths, or cover their ears during testing.
- Cell phones, watches, and earbuds are prohibited.
- Students must stay focused on their computer and scrap paper; an alert from the system or a proctor's chat message will appear if they stray.
- Students aren’t allowed to leave the room except during breaks; there are two scheduled breaks, and students can ask the proctor for an unscheduled break to go to the bathroom (the timer doesn’t stop during unscheduled breaks).
- Don’t open any other programs on the computer (even during breaks).
Learn more about testing regulations and rule violation alerts in the video below. Continue to Test-Day Essentials for issue troubleshooting.