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 help, 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.

Find Your Testing Options

See testing opportunities available to your student for the 2020–2021 testing season.

Paper-Based SSAT Flex Test (China)

Limited offerings in China in very limited situations by Member Schools.

Students can take this test 1 time per testing season (Aug 1, 2020–July 31, 2021).


Countries: (temporary, for testing purposes)
China
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Paper-Based SSAT Flex Test

The Flex SSAT is a paper-based SSAT taken at a school or with a consultant.

Students can take this test 1 time per testing season (Aug 1, 2020–July 31, 2021).


Countries: (temporary, for testing purposes)
United States
Canada
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Other Countries

Depending upon your specific location, you will either be able to test at a Prometric Test Center OR via International Paper-Based Test. To determine which is available for your student, click "Learn More" below.

Students can take the test 2 times per testing season at Prometric test centers (Aug 1, 2020–July 31, 2021). Where the SSAT is offered as a International paper-based test, there are up to 5 available test dates available.

Students can take this test 2 times per testing season (Aug 1, 2020–July 31, 2021).


Countries: (temporary, for testing purposes)
Other Countries
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International Paper-Based SSAT

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

Students can take this test 5 times per testing season (Aug 1, 2020–July 31, 2021).


Countries: (temporary, for testing purposes)
China
Hong Kong
Korea
Laos
Myanmar
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Elementary Paper-Based SSAT Flex Test

The Flex SSAT is a paper-based SSAT taken at a school or with a consultant. Flex tests can only be taken once per testing season (Aug 1, 2020–July 31, 2021).

Students can take this test per testing season (Aug 1, 2020–July 31, 2021).


Countries: (temporary, for testing purposes)
United States
Canada
Other Countries
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Elementary Paper-Based SSAT

Students in the U.S., Canada and internationally may take the paper-based SSAT on dates, times and locations.

Students can take this test 2 times per testing season (Aug 1, 2020–July 31, 2021).


Countries: (temporary, for testing purposes)
Canada
China
Other Countries
United States
Hong Kong
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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.

Students can take this test 2 times per testing season (Aug 1, 2020–July 31, 2021).


Countries: (temporary, for testing purposes)
United States
Canada
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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.

Students can take this test 5 times per testing season (Aug 1, 2020–July 31, 2021).


Countries: (temporary, for testing purposes)
United States
Canada
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Your bright future begins today.

Independent schools provide students with unique educational experiences, tailored to their interests and goals. How do you decide which schools are the right fit for your family? When do you begin the application process? What entrance exams are required?

We compiled resources below to make the process for your family simple and straightforward. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Prometric Test Center

Will I be required to bring ID for myself or my student?

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No. Identification is not required. However, you will need to confirm your information and your student’s information during check-in.

Prometric Test Center

Does the waiting room have Wi-Fi?

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No, Wi-Fi will not be available in Prometric waiting rooms.

Prometric Test Center

Will my student have an advantage taking the SSAT on a computer?

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The score results from the computer-based SSAT will be equated to paper-based scores to adjust for any small impact of test modality (computer vs. paper).

Prometric Test Center

Will my student receive their computer-based scores faster than paper-based test takers?

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Yes! EMA understands that receiving scores as fast as possible is very important. Families should generally expect scores within four days of testing.

Prometric Test Center

If I did not register my student with testing accommodations, can I add them?

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After registration is complete, it may or may not be possible to add testing accommodations. Please email ta@ssat.org as soon as possible to inquire.

Prometric Test Center

Is there anything else I should know about breaks as a parent/guardian?

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If you decide to stay on site during the exam, it may be helpful to many students for parents and guardians to help their student keep track of time during breaks. Students have 10 minutes for each of the two breaks, from the time they end the previous section to the time they need to be seated and resume testing. Students should allow a few minutes to put away any snacks and drinks, go through security again, and walk the few short steps to their computer in the testing room. If your student is late, they will miss time during the next section that they will not be able to make up.

Prometric Test Center

Can I interact with my student during the breaks?

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During the two breaks, your student may leave the testing room and access their snacks and drinks that can be kept in your possession or put in a provided locker. You may talk with your student; however, you should ensure you do not provide them access to any prohibited items, discuss or ask about specific test questions or content, or provide any possible test-related information, such as vocabulary definitions. It is fine to reassure them or ask general questions such as, “How are you doing?”

Prometric Test Center

Can I bring my student’s computer?

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No. Your student will take the computer-based SSAT on a Prometric computer to ensure a consistent test experience and for test security reasons.

Prometric Test Center

How many times can my student take the computer-based SSAT at a Prometric test center?

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If you had canceled your existing 2019–2020 registration or were not registered and need testing during this period, please contact customer service at info@ssat.org for more information. Where Prometric test centers are available, students are able to take the computer-based SSAT at Prometric up to two times. It is important to note that there may be situations where a student’s ability to test at a Prometric test center is limited.

Prometric Test Center

How should my student prepare for the computer-based SSAT?

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It is very important for students to be aware of the sections and types of questions on the SSAT. These are identical for both paper- and computer-based SSATs. Using The Official Guide to the SSAT or online practice, both available through your account, are great ways to do this. It is important to note that the computer interface for online practice and the computer-based SSAT do vary.

Prometric Test Center

Is there a way my student can practice the computer-based interface?

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Yes. Access the Prometric sample user interface to try out the system. Please keep in mind that the tutorial may vary from the actual SSAT but will provide students with a general idea of what to expect on test day, as well as an opportunity to answer a few sample questions. Students will need to enable Flash in their browser in order for this tutorial to properly launch. Please note that the interface for taking the SSAT at Prometric is slightly different that the SSAT at Home interface.

Prometric Test Center

What will my student need to do with prohibited items, snacks, and drinks before testing?

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After check-in, but before proceeding to security and the test room, your student must put all restricted items in a locker provided by Prometric. If you, the parent/guardian, will be staying on site for the duration of the exam, your student can also give you all of their prohibited items.

Prometric Test Center

Does a parent/guardian need to remain at the Prometric test center?

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Parent/guardians may either stay or sign a waiver allowing them to leave during testing. Parents/guardians will need to be present for check-in.

Prometric Test Center

What will the experience be like?

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Check out the What to Expect at a Prometric Test Center section above for more information.

Prometric Test Center

Can all students take the computer-based SSAT at a Prometric test center?

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Beginning August 1, 2020, through July 31, 2021, both the Middle-Level (grades 5–7) and Upper-Level (grades 8–11) SSAT will be available at Prometric test centers.

Both the Middle and Upper level SSAT are available through Prometric test centers. The Elementary level SSAT is only available as a paper-based exam. Throughout most parts of the world students can take the SSAT at a Prometric test center, however, some international locations are instead serviced by a paper-based SSAT.

Prometric Test Center

Will my student’s score report indicate that it was taken on a computer?

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No. Because the scores from a paper-based and computer-based SSAT are equivalent, no distinction is made on the score report. However, score recipients will be able to see that the writing sample section was typed instead of handwritten.

Prometric Test Center

Are the scores of the computer-based SSAT equally valid?

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Yes! The Enrollment Management Association, provider of the paper-based SSAT, has developed this new testing option, which provides equivalent scores to the paper-based SSAT. Score recipients will receive their scores in the same way they always have.

Prometric Test Center

How do I check what Prometric test sites are near me?

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You can search for nearby Prometric test sites here. After you register for an SSAT at a Prometric test site, you will use a similar search to schedule your test from your account. Please note that availability is live and may change.

Prometric Test Center

What is being done at Prometric test centers given the COVID-19 pandemic?

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To help protect test takers and staff, Prometric test centers are taking steps and have specific requirements related to COVID-19. You can read more about social distancing guidelines. All requirements apply equally to students and their parent/guardian. When you reschedule your registration to a Prometric test center, you will be required to complete a family COVID declaration as part of the process.

Prometric Test Center

What is a Prometric SSAT?

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We are excited to announce a computer-based version of the SSAT that is taken at a Prometric test center. This computer-based version of the SSAT follows the same design of the paper-based version, however, it is taken on a computer instead. The computer-based version of the SSAT will be available at Prometric test centers around the world.

COVID-19

Will parents/guardians need to do anything prior to testing?

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Yes. Prior to any test, a parent/guardian will need to read, complete, and submit a completed declaration to the test center. You can access a copy of the declaration here.


COVID-19

What happens if students are unable to test in time to meet their application deadlines?

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Application deadlines and requirements are determined by each individual school. As such, any questions specifically related to deadlines should be directed to the school in which a student is applying. However, given the nature of this evolving global health situation, EMA encourages schools to monitor international and national advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the pandemic and to communicate clearly and proactively with families regarding any changes in admission requirements. The EMA membership team is available to assist schools in determining their plan of action for impacted students.

COVID-19

What if my child has a simple cold? Will he or she be turned away from an operating test center?

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Yes, it is possible. We are urging all test takers suffering from any illness to reschedule their test. If a test administrator, proctor, or staff member observes a student exhibiting symptoms of illnesses that could impact other test takers, the student will not be permitted to test or, if observed after testing begins, will be asked to stop testing and leave the test center.


COVID-19

What steps are you taking at test centers?

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We have currently suspended testing at all test centers in the United States and Canada, and most test centers internationally. For any operating EMA test centers that administer the paper-based SSAT, we are making sure that test center staff themselves are healthy and have not been exposed to potential contagions, and looking to identify any students who may be exhibiting symptoms of illnesses that could impact other test takers. These students will not be permitted to test or, if observed after testing begins, will be asked to stop testing and leave the test center. Test center staff with any symptoms of illness or exposure to potential contagions will not be permitted to administer the SSAT. Finally, we are requiring all test centers to follow applicable cleaning and disinfecting guidelines issued by the CDC and WHO.

COVID-19

What is EMA doing to monitor the situation?

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We are continually and carefully monitoring guidance and advisories issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as state and local health authorities. We encourage students and families to bookmark and monitor our website for the latest information as it relates to the SSAT, and to check the WHO and CDC websites.

COVID-19

How do I get the latest information about this issue, or any up-to-date information?

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We encourage test takers and their families to bookmark and monitor this EMA alerts page for the most up-to-date information as it relates to the SSAT. For information related to COVID-19, EMA recommends that you refer to your state and local health authorities.

COVID-19

Are students, parents/guardians, and staff members required to wear masks or take other precautions?

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Regulations and guidelines intended to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 vary greatly by region. It is the responsibility of students, parents/guardians, and all test center staff to comply with all applicable regulations and guidelines issued by state and local health authorities, which may include but are not limited to:

- Wearing a cloth face mask that fully covers the mouth and nose at all times

- Maintaining minimum physical distance between people

- Ensuring that the number of people in any given space does not exceed a specified maximum

- Abiding by travel restrictions

- Self-quarantining upon potential exposure to COVID-19 or following travel from certain locations

- Complying with stay-at-home orders

- Submitting to body temperature screening

- Submitting to COVID-19 testing

- Self-reporting symptoms that could be related to COVID-19

Prior to the date of any SSAT test administration, test center staff will communicate with parents and guardians about location-specific safety requirements and conditions, including whether tests will be administered individually or in small groups, and other steps to help mitigate the risks of COVID-19.

COVID-19

What if we cannot or do not want to sit for the test on the next available test administration date? Can we move to another date?

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We are happy to accommodate those who want to change their test date and location. You may opt to reschedule to any test offered before July 31, 2020, free of charge, via your online account. You may also email us regarding a free test change at info@ssat.org.

COVID-19

Is EMA allowing any testing?

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Following guidelines from national and local health authorities, many standard testing dates have been cancelled. However, EMA is making the SSAT Flex Test available on a limited basis, enabling test centers to administer the Flex option if it is appropriate and allowed based on state and local public health regulations and guidelines. We've made this decision out of recognition that different regions are reopening on varying schedules, making it feasible to restart testing availability in some areas. Throughout, we will require our test centers to follow a safe, methodical approach that prioritizes the health and safety of our students, parents and test-center staff while adhering to all applicable regulations and guidelines. Parents and guardians should carefully consider the risks before registering, and contact test centers directly for more information about availability, testing conditions, and safety requirements. For more information, contact us at info@ssat.org.

COVID-19

Why is the Enrollment Management Association taking these steps?

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EMA continues to make changes to testing availability and procedures to help mitigate risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our test-taker families, test center administrators and staff, members, and our employees is our highest priority.

Character Skills Snapshot

Can The Snapshot reports change over time?

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Yes, a student’s Character Skills Snapshot results will change over time, as s/he grows and develops. However,The Character Skills Snapshot is meant to be taken only once per testing year, prior to admission to a school.

Character Skills Snapshot

How do I send Snapshot results to schools?

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Parents/guardians alone may choose to send their student’s Snapshot report to a school. Reports are sent in the same method as SSAT scores, using the online SSAT account. Schools will receive results in real time once scores are released, following selection as a recipient by the parent.

Download a step-by-step tutorial on sending scores to schools

Character Skills Snapshot

What if I disagree with The Snapshot’s appraisal of my student’s skills?

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As The Snapshot is designed solely to measure skills at a very specific moment in time, realize that it is not meant to be a determinant of your student's ability to develop a certain skill or skills. Also important to remember: students complete The Snapshot with answers that they feel best describe themselves, which may be quite different from how parents and teachers observations. Each skill measured will fall in its own space on the development spectrum, and will change over time as children grow, learn, and mature.

Your student’s Snapshot results will provide admission teams with a better idea of the skills with which s/he already identifies strongly, as well as those that a school's community can help build and nurture.

Additionally, if you are using the Standard Application Online to apply to schools, you will be asked to complete a parent/guardian character perspective section that will allow you to provide narrative on your perception of your student's character skill development.

Character Skills Snapshot

How will I know what the results mean?

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The Snapshot’s reports are quite user friendly and include information about how to read the results.  You may also sign up for one of the free webinars we provide.

Character Skills Snapshot

What does a Snapshot report look like?

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The Snapshot report is very user friendly. View a sample report primer here.

Character Skills Snapshot

When are reports issued?

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The Snapshot results are released according to the timeline found on The Character Skills Snapshot chart at the bottom of the page.

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How are Snapshot questions analyzed?

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Forced-Choice Questions
Each forced-choice question includes three statements (e.g., "I work hard" might be one), and no two statements within the same question measure the same Snapshot skill. For analysis, the responses are coded as either 1, 2, or 3 (from most like me to least like me). Since there are three possible comparisons to make in each forced-choice question, there are three new variables that describe the ranking of each statement, relative to another in the question (e.g., statement 1 is ranked as more like me than statement 2). A single statement is involved in two comparisons, which means two of these new variables will capture information about each skill. Once this is complete, each Snapshot skill is defined using the variables that inform it, and we utilize additional parameters to ensure the model is stable. These data are analyzed using a set of statistical models based on L. L. Thurstone's Law of Comparative Judgment.

Situational Judgment Questions
Admission staff and teachers from across the country rated the situational judgment items in the same manner as the students (i.e., rate the appropriateness of each possible response to the scenario presented). Student response analysis on the situational judgment questions reflects the extent of alignment with the median of those ratings. In other words, the situational judgment results describe how well a student is able to gauge the appropriateness of particular behaviors, with appropriateness set by the experts (who are, in this case, admission staff and teachers).

Please note that it is possible for a child to be in one category for all character skills.

Character Skills Snapshot

What kind of questions appear on The Snapshot?

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There are two types of questions on The Snapshot. View sample questions here.

  • The first type (forced choice) presents three statements and asks students to select the statements that are most and least like them.
  • The second type (situational judgment) presents students with a number of scenarios with four different responses to each. Students rate the appropriateness of each response on a four-point scale (from not appropriate to very appropriate).

Character Skills Snapshot

How many times can my student take The Snapshot?

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Students may take The Character Skills Snapshot one time per testing year (August 1 - July 31).The Character Skills Snapshot is intended to capture a snapshot of the student at the moment when they apply and the results are valid for one year.

Character Skills Snapshot

What if my student cannot access The Snapshot?

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Log in to your parent/guardian SSAT account and click on the "Manage Accounts" tab to make sure your student has a username and password in his/her profile. Your student cannot access The Snapshot if s/he does not have a username and password.

NOTE: Parents/guardians must create accounts for both themselves and their students. The Snapshot may only be taken through the student SSAT account; it cannot be accessed through the parent account.

Character Skills Snapshot

Can I apply for accommodations for my student before they take The Snapshot?

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If you would normally apply for accommodations for your student when registering for the SSAT, please email TA@enrollment.org in order to receive more information about accommodations and The Snapshot.

Character Skills Snapshot

How do I register my student for and have them take The Snapshot?

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If your child will take the SSAT, register for that first. Then follow these directions.

If your child will not take the SSAT, follow these directions.

NOTE: Parents/guardians must create accounts for both themselves and their students. The Snapshot may only be taken through the student's SSAT account; it cannot be accessed through the parent account.

Character Skills Snapshot

Where does my student take The Snapshot?

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Students may take The Snapshot at home, or any location with an internet connection with which you are comfortable. It is not available on mobile devices, and is not given at schools.

Character Skills Snapshot

How are results of The Character Skills Snapshot used in admission?

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Admission teams use the information provided from The Character Skills Snapshot to complement other information required as a part of the application process, including admission test scores, interviews, grades, letters of recommendation, and other information. It is simply one piece of the student’s larger overall application. As with other facets of your application, Snapshot results will be used differently by each school according to their admission process. If you are curious as to how a particular school will use Snapshot results, we suggest you contact the school directly and inquire.

Character Skills Snapshot

Is my student required to take The Snapshot for admission?

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Hundreds of schools use The Character Skills Snapshot. To determine how The Snapshot fits into a school's admission criteria, contact the school's admission office and inquire.

If you are curious about why schools require The Snapshot, remember that one of the reasons you’re seeking to enroll your student in an independent school is because you’re interested in an education that focuses on instilling character values and encouraging personal growth. Similarly, schools know that a complete picture of your student contains much more than grades and test scores. That’s why they are asking your student to take The Character Skills Snapshot as part of the application. It will give them richer holistic information and show them areas where their communities can help your student grow.

Character Skills Snapshot

How much does The Snapshot cost?

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For testers registered to take the SSAT, The Snapshot is free of charge. For those not registered to take the SSAT, the cost to take The Snapshot is $40. If your student will not take the SSAT, simply create parent and student accounts on ssat.org to access The Snapshot. You will be prompted during the registration process to provide the $40 payment.


Fee waivers are available from participating schools for students who require financial assistance to take The Snapshot and are not registered to take the SSAT.

Character Skills Snapshot

How long is The Snapshot?

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The Snapshot takes approximately 25 minutes to complete online. It must be completed in one sitting.

Character Skills Snapshot

What skills does The Snapshot measure?

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The Snapshot was designed by test experts and independent school admission professionals to measure skills they deemed important when considering applications: intellectual engagement, teamwork, initiative, resilience, self control, open-mindedness, and social awareness.

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For whom is The Snapshot designed?

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The Snapshot is designed for students in grades 5 through 11 applying to grades 6-12.

SSAT at Home

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

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

See complete details on technical, room, and other requirements.

SSAT at Home

What do you do with a child that can only take it on paper?

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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.

SSAT at Home

Can I have a copy of my child's recording?

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No, as accepted in the SSAT Candidate Agreement, you can not have a copy of your child’s recording.

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How does EMA select the proctors? Have they gone through any clearances?

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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.

SSAT at Home

Will someone be monitoring me when I take the test?

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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.

SSAT at Home

If my computer crashes during the SSAT at Home can I restart?

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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.

SSAT at Home

Will I need to download any software in order to take the SSAT at Home?

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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.

SSAT at Home

Will I have to submit a photo?

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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 during check-in and that photo may be referenced in the event an irregularity is detected.  Note:  If your student is requested to show ID, they should instead simply take another selfie.

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Will I be recorded during my test?

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Yes. Your SSAT At Home testing session will be video and audio recorded. Those videos will be retained for quality assurance and test security purposes.

SSAT at Home

Can I wear a headset or earphones during my test?

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No, headsets and earphones are not permitted.

SSAT at Home

Are there breaks during the test? What do I do if I have to go to the bathroom?

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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.

SSAT at Home

How do I prepare for the test?

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

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Will I be allowed to use scratch paper during the testing?

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Yes. Students are able to use two pieces of scratch paper and a regular pencil. They will be asked to show their scrap paper is blank during check-in.

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Can I re-take the SSAT at Home?

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

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Will there be an indication on my score report that I took the SSAT at Home?

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Your score report will not be labeled with the type of test you took for the SSAT. Please note, that since the writing sample will be typed instead of handwritten, your student's test mode will have an indication that this was a computer-based SSAT.

SSAT at Home

Am I eligible to take the SSAT at Home?

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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.

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What makes the SSAT at Home test better than other tests?

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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.

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Is the SSAT at Home only offered in English or is it also offered in another language?

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Currently, the SSAT at Home, like all versions of the SSAT, is only offered in English.

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How will students requiring accommodations support staff be accommodated during the SSAT at Home?

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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.

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How is EMA ensuring access to the SSAT at Home for those who may not have a computer or internet access?

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In these difficult times, EMA is working harder than ever to provide equal access to all individuals. If you do not have access to the equipment or resources required to take the SSAT at Home, please learn about SSAT Equity Tech Kits.

SSAT at Home

Are fee waivers available for the SSAT at Home?

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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.

SSAT at Home

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

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The SSAT at Home will be available in the U.S. and Canada for the 2020-2021 testing year.

SSAT at Home

Will testing at a test center end with the addition of the at-home version?

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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.

SSAT at Home

How long is the SSAT at Home and how much time does it take to complete?

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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.

SSAT at Home

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

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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 fee for all SSAT at Home tests is $149.00.

SSAT at Home

How will EMA deliver the SSAT at Home test?

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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.

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How do students sign up for the SSAT at Home?

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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.

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What if I have technical issues during the testing?

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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.

SSAT at Home

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?

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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.

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Is the SSAT at Home test 24/7 or on a schedule?

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In general, the SSAT at Home will be offered every Saturday with additional Sunday dates and occasional weekday availability during peak testing times. See more scheduling info.

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What accommodations will there be for students with disabilities, including students who require support services?

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EMA will support students requiring testing accommodations just as with the paper-based SSAT.

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What type of ID will students need to present and how will proctors confirm these documents?

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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.

If a student is requested to take a picture of their ID during testing, they should simply take an additional selfie.

SSAT at Home

What policies or safeguards will there be to ensure test integrity and security?

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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.

SSAT at Home

Is there any difference in scoring between SSAT at Home versus paper-based SSAT?

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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.

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Is this a permanent test option or will it have a limited timeframe?

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

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How will SSAT at Home scores be reported and how soon after testing?

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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.

SSAT at Home

How is the SSAT at Home different from the paper-based SSAT?

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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.

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Why is EMA offering the SSAT at Home?

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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.

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What is the SSAT at Home?

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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.

SAO Payment and Submission

What if I have an issue with my credit card?

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Application fees for schools can be paid via Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards. If you are using one of these cards and experience issues submitting your application fees, please contact us at apply@enrollment.org

SAO Payment and Submission

What happens if my profile is incomplete?

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If your profile is incomplete, you will not be able to submit or pay for your application/s. The profile completion can be tracked through the completion meter shown alongside the profile component. You can click on the update button to complete your profile. Once the profile is 100% complete, you will be able to pay for and submit your school application/s.

SAO Payment and Submission

How do I send updates to my Student Profile after submission?

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Once the student profile is submitted to the school, your edits and updates to the profile will not be sent to the school. Please send any critical updates to the school directly. They will be able to accommodate them in your file.

SAO Payment and Submission

How do I pay for and submit my applications?

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A SAO can be submitted to a school simply by completing your student profile and submitting the application fee for that school. At that time, your student profile and any other completed components will be delivered to the school. You can pay for the school application fee via a credit card or an application fee waiver if you have received one from the school.

SAO Payment and Submission

If I have components pending at the deadline, will the school still consider my application?

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As a best practice, we highly recommend that you track the completion of your application and components against the school application deadline. However, each school may have unique completion criteria and flexibility to consider pending or in-progress applications. If in doubt, check with the school directly.

SAO Payment and Submission

In case I submitted something by accident or I change my mind, what’s your refund policy for applications?

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Because applications through the SAO system are delivered to schools in real time, we have a 24-hour refund policy for applications that may have been submitted by accident. Once an application is refunded, the school will no longer receive any updates on your application.

Please note, school application fees are fully refundable within the 24-hour time window, but the administrative fee is non-refundable.

Also, we cannot refund an application fee once it has been disbursed to a school. In that case, we advise you to contact the school directly to cancel your application and request a refund.

SAO Payment and Submission

What is the $6 administrative fee per application?

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The administrative fee is a nominal fee charged for online processing of the SAO. If you receive an application fee waiver from a school, the administrative fee associated with that application will also be waived.

SAO Payment and Submission

How can I receive application fee waivers?

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You can request for an application fee waiver from the school to which you are applying. Unlike a test fee waiver, an application fee waiver will only waive an application fee for the school that issued it. It also waives the $6 SAO administrative fee.

SAO Payment and Submission

Can I edit my Student Profile after submitting an application to a school?

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You can continue to edit and update your student profile via your account or the SAO dashboard. Please note that any changes made after a profile is submitted to a school will not be delivered to that school.

SAO Working with Advisors

Can I change my advisor?

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Yes, you can change your advisor if you have added an incorrect one or have changed your advisor.

You can do so by clicking “Remove Advisor,” located to the right of the advisor name. Once you remove, the former advisor will no longer be able to track the progress of your application.

SAO Working with Advisors

What is an advisor’s role on my application?

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If you are working with a placement counselor at your current school/organization or with an educational consultant or community-based organization (CBO), they will help with the overall application process - from advising on the schools that could be a good fit, to ensuring that you are on track in terms of meeting application deadlines. Placement counselors and CBOs can also assist with your application by completing certain sections of the application, like uploading transcripts and writing principal/counselor recommendations.

Many placement offices and CBOs place their “Advisor Instructions” within the SAO. Those can be found to the right of your advisor school or organization's name on the SAO dashboard.

SAO Working with Advisors

Who can I designate as an advisor?

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If you are working with a placement counselor at your current school/organization or with an educational consultant, you can choose them as an advisor on your application/s to allow them to assist you with managing and/or monitoring your applications. Your school, organization, or educational consultant must be a member of The Enrollment Management Association to be eligible to be added as an application advisor.

Please note, you can only have one advisor for all your applications for a session year.

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