What kinds of questions are asked in The Snapshot?

Character Skills Snapshot
August 20, 2023
September 20, 2021

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.

The Snapshot  assessment contains two types of questions, forced-choice and situational judgment. The forced-choice questions measure six of the character skills; the situational judgment questions were designed to measure social awareness.

Forced-Choice Questions

Likert-type questions were written to measure initiative, intellectual engagement, open-mindedness, resilience, self control, and teamwork. A Likert-type question presents a statement (e.g., “I work hard”) and allows respondents to select an option on a scale (e.g., strongly disagree to strongly agree).

Situational Judgment Questions

With guidance from The EMA and ETS, more than 30 teachers from member schools constructed situational judgment questions, which present a scenario that usually describes a potential point of conflict between two or more people (e.g., a group of students, a student and a teacher, or a student and a parent). Each of these scenarios is associated with four possible ways of reacting to the situation, and the respondent is expected to evaluate the appropriateness of each of these reactions. These questions were designed to measure social awareness.

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