SSAT Testing Options For All Families and Situations

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

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The SSAT is your first step toward independent school success.

The Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) is a standardized test that measures basic verbal, math, and reading skills. Developed, administered, and scored by the nonprofit The Enrollment Management Association (EMA), the SSAT is just one part of your complete application to an independent school.

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We offer testing levels for every admission stage.

  • Elementary-Level SSAT
    Grade 3 and 4 students applying to grades 4 and 5
  • Middle-Level SSAT
    Grade 5-7 students seeking admission to grades 6-8
  • Upper-Level SSAT
    Grade 8-11 students applying to grades 9-PG (Post Graduate)
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Three Safe and Convenient Ways to Take The SSAT

We’re working diligently to reimagine the future of testing, and we’re excited to provide multiple options and opportunities for the 2020–2021 testing season.
If you need to test prior to August 1, 2020, contact us.

Computer-Based SSAT at Home

Beginning summer 2020, the SSAT at Home will provide students in the U.S. and Canada a secure computer-based testing option as COVID-19 limitations continue to evolve.

Computer-Based SSAT at Prometric Test Center

Students in the U.S., Canada and many international locations can take a computer-based SSAT at a Prometric Test Center, where testing can be made available.

Paper-Based SSAT

Students in the U.S. Canada and internationally may take the paper-based SSAT on dates, times and locations where testing can be made available.

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See testing opportunities available to your student beginning August 1, 2020.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the SSAT at Home?
The SSAT at Home is the same standardized test as the SSAT but delivered on computer via a secure web application with continuous AI monitoring, data forensics and live remote proctoring. Students can take the SSAT at Home from the convenience of their homes rather than having to go to a test center.
Why is EMA offering the SSAT at Home?
At EMA, we are committed to supporting our members and families by offering innovative products and services, as well as supporting them with flexible, convenient, and safe computer-based test options. The SSAT at Home allows families a solution to test during the COVID-19 pandemic or any other situation that would prevent them from testing in a test center.
How is the SSAT at Home different from the paper-based SSAT?
The SSAT at Home is the same standardized test as the SSAT but delivered on computer via a secure web application with continuous AI monitoring, data forensics and live remote proctoring.
How will SSAT at Home scores be reported and how soon after testing?
SSAT at Home scores will be sent to both families and schools and posted in the same manner as the paper-based SSAT. Typically, scores will be released to schools (those indicated during the registration process) three business days after testing and released to families the following day.
Is this a permanent test option or will it have a limited timeframe?

The SSAT at Home is a permanent option to families beginning in August of 2020.

Is there any difference in scoring between SSAT at Home versus paper-based SSAT?
No. This is still The SSAT. The scoring process and score scale will be exactly the same. The SSAT at Home will also go through an equating process.
What policies or safeguards will there be to ensure test integrity and security?
The SSAT will be conducted in a locked down web application with live, remote proctors, data forensics and artificial intelligence (AI), such as facial recognition technology, audio and video monitoring. Proctors will check the student's identity and monitor for any suspicious behavior. The AI will flag any possibilities for testing irregularities, including but not limited to attempting to take a picture, talking to other people or trying to open other applications.
What type of ID will students need to present and how will proctors confirm these documents?
Due to the age of our test takers, students will not need to present an ID. However, a photo will be taken of the test taker upon onboarding and that photo may be referenced in the event an irregularity is detected.
What accommodations will there be for students with disabilities, including students who require support services?
EMA will support students requiring testing accommodations just as with the paper-based SSAT.
Is the SSAT at Home test 24/7 or on a schedule?

The SSAT at Home will be offered every Saturday and one Sunday per month, beginning September 2020.

What type of devices can be used for home testing? Can it be taken on a smartphone? Can it be taken on a Mac computer?
PCs or Macs (laptops or desktops) with broadband internet and webcam capabilities can be used for home testing. Currently Chromebooks are not supported. Cell phones and tablets are not supported. Options will be made available to students who do not have access to computers.
What if I have technical issues during the testing?
Remote proctors will be available to assist students throughout testing. If any connection issues arise, the proctor and technical support will work with the student to get back online and continue the test. EMA will work with students if they experience a technology issue that prevents the completion of testing.
How do students sign up for the SSAT at Home?
Sign up for the SSAT at Home will be available through the SSAT test registration process on SSAT.org. When a parent or guardian signs into their account, they will be able to register for the SSAT at Home. After purchase, they will be directed to PSI, our remote proctoring partner site, to select their student’s test date and time.
How will EMA deliver the SSAT at Home test?

The SSAT at Home is the same standardized test as the SSAT, but it is delivered digitally to test takers in the convenience of their homes. Delivered by our partner PSI, the SSAT will be administered via a secure web application with continuous AI monitoring, data forensics, and live remote proctoring.

Is the testing fee different to take the SSAT at Home?

The testing fee is the same for the SSAT at Home as it is for the paper-based SSAT or to test at a physical Prometric test center.  The domestic (US, Canada) fee for all tests is $149.00.

What about the Flex test? Is it still being offered?

The SSAT Flex test has been made available with requirements for test takers and proctors to follow all local COVID-19 guidelines. The SSAT Flex test will be available for the 2020–21 testing season.

How long is the SSAT at Home and how much time does it take to complete?
The SSAT at Home is the same format and length as the paper-based test, which is roughly three hours in length including breaks. Extra time will be required for check-in.
Will testing at a test center end with the addition of the at-home version?

Multiple testing modes are available for the SSAT during the 2020-2021 testing year. These options include the computer-based SSAT at Home, as well as paper-based and computer-based testing in test centers where local guidelines can be met safely.

Will the SSAT at Home be available in all countries or in limited areas?

The SSAT at Home will be available in the U.S. and Canada for the 2020-2021-testing year. Computer-based testing will be available at Prometric test centers in domestic and international locations where it is safe to reopen. Paper-based testing will also be available at schools and test centers in domestic and international locations where it is safe to reopen.

Are fee waivers available for the SSAT at Home?
Yes, test fee waivers may be used for any SSAT, including SSAT at Home, SSAT at Prometric Test Centers and the paper-based SSAT Flex test.
How is EMA ensuring access to the SSAT at Home for those who may not have a computer or internet access?
In these difficult times, EMA is working harder than ever to provide equal access to all individuals. If families do not have access to the equipment or resources required to take the SSAT at Home, they should email info@ssat.org so we can support them and review all options.
How will students requiring accommodations support staff be accommodated during the SSAT at Home?
If your student requires or is approved for support staff for the SSAT at Home, such as a Reader, please contact EMA at ta@enrollment.org. EMA will guide you through requirements and rules.
Is the SSAT at Home only offered in English or is it also offered in another language?
Currently, the SSAT at Home is only offered in English.
What makes the SSAT at Home test better than other tests?
The SSAT at Home is the same as the paper-based SSAT with the option to schedule a test date and time that works best for the test taker, in the convenience and comfort of their own home. It gives families greater flexibility, convenience and an alternative to testing in test centers, where it may not be possible to do so.
Am I eligible to take the SSAT at Home?

The SSAT at Home is available to middle-and upper-level test takers in the U.S. and Canada for the 2020-21 academic year.

Will there be an indication on my score report that I took the SSAT at Home?
Your score report will not be labeled with the type of test you took for the SSAT.
Can I re-take the SSAT at Home?

Yes, you may take the SSAT at Home up to 5 times in a testing year (August–July).

Will I be allowed to use scratch paper during the testing?
Yes. Students are able to use two pieces of scratch paper and a regular pencil.
How do I prepare for the test?

You can prepare for the SSAT at Home like you would the paper-based test.

Also, first make sure you have read and understood all the guidelines outlined in the SSAT Candidate Agreement.

Are there breaks during the test? What do I do if I have to go to the bathroom?
Yes, there are 2 breaks scheduled during the SSAT At Home. The first break is 10 minutes and is after the writing sample. The second break is 10 minutes and is after the reading section.
Can I wear a headset or earphones during my test?
No, headsets and earphones are not permitted.
Will I be recorded during my test?
Yes. Your SSAT At Home testing session will be video and audio recorded. Those videos will be retained and processed as part of your SSAT administration
Will I have to submit a photo?
No, you will not have to submit a photo to take the SSAT at Home. However, a photo will be taken of the test taker upon onboarding (via screenshot) and that photo may be referenced in the event an irregularity is detected.
Will I need to download any software in order to take the SSAT at Home?

When you schedule your SSAT at Home you will receive instructions on how to run a system check and ensure your computer is compatible with the remote proctoring system.

You will also be required to download and install a secure browser that is used for testing.

If my computer crashes during the SSAT at Home can I restart?
If you experience a technical problem in any of these areas during the administration of the SSAT at Home, you must notify the remote proctor immediately, and follow the proctor’s instructions. If you are unable to notify the remote proctor due to a technical problem, you must have your parent/guardian call the phone number provided.
Will someone be monitoring me when I take the test?
Yes. When you are taking the test a remote proctor will ensure you are following all testing rules. The role of the proctor is also to help with any questions or problems the test-taker may have.
How does EMA select the proctors? Have they gone through any clearances?
EMA has selected PSI as our trusted partner in administering and proctoring the SSAT at Home. PSI brings years of remote proctoring experience, and dedicated remote proctors who are trained specifically to support the SSAT at Home and its test takers.
Can I have a copy of my child's recording?
No, as accepted in the SSAT Candidate Agreement, you can not have a copy of your child’s recording.
What do you do with a child that can only take it on paper?

Paper-based testing is available in locations where it’s safe to do so following local guidelines. EMA will continue to work hard to meet the needs of all of its test takers. Please email ta@enrollment.org if you need additional assistance.

What are the system requirements to take the SSAT at Home?

The SSAT at Home can be taken on a Mac or PC operating system.

A system check tool will be made available so families can verify their computer will work in advance of testing.

If I don’t have a computer or an Internet connection will I not be able to take the SSAT at Home?

In these difficult times, EMA is working harder than ever to provide equal access to the SSAT at Home to all individuals. If you do not have access to the required equipment, email info@ssat.org as soon as possible so we can help review options with you.

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