Prometric Test Center: SSAT Testing Option

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Take a computer-based version of the SSAT, following the same design as the original SSAT. 

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While each school has different timelines and requirements, we outlined the high-level steps your family will go through when applying.

Switch to a Prometric Test Center SSAT

It’s our mission to provide unparalleled leadership and service in meeting the admission assessment and enrollment needs of schools, students, and families.

To change your existing paper-based registration to a Prometric test site, follow these steps: 

1. Complete a test change through your SSAT account to a Prometric registration

  • A  step-by-step tutorial is detailed in the video below. Remember, you must be logged in as a parent/guardian.
  • Once completed, you will see a Prometric eligibility ID on your confirmation page.

2. Schedule a date and time with Prometric

  • Click the “Schedule Your Test at Prometric” button on the confirmation page to access Prometric’s scheduling tool to review options and select a date and time.

Notes:

  • You may only change your test to a test date before 8/1/20.
  • If uncertain of your student’s availability, complete step 1 above, retain your Prometric eligibility ID, and then complete step 2 at a later time. You can also log back into your SSAT account and view your Prometric eligibility ID under your student’s test.
  • If your student has canceled their existing SSAT paper-based registration or has not been previously registered, contact customer service at info@ssat.org for information and options.
  • If you need support while scheduling, please call Prometric at 1-800-936-2433.

Changing from Prometric

It’s our mission to provide unparalleled leadership and service in meeting the admission assessment and enrollment needs of schools, students, and families.

You can change from a Prometric test back to a paper-based test or to an SSAT at Home test (both depending on availability). To start that test change, go to your EMA account under the “My Tests” page and select “Change test to paper-based SSAT.” If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our customer support team at info@ssat.org.

Prometric FAQs

It’s our mission to provide unparalleled leadership and service in meeting the admission assessment and enrollment needs of schools, students, and families.

What is a Prometric SSAT?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

What will the experience be like?

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.  

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

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.

Can I bring my student’s computer?

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

Can I interact with my student during the breaks?

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?” 

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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). 

Does the waiting room have Wi-Fi?

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

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

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


Prometric Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Does the waiting room have Wi-Fi?

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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?”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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