The SSAT is written and reviewed by independent school educators and content and testing experts. Every question goes through a rigorous standardized process of validation.
SSAT’s scaled score reliability is higher than .90 (out of a possible 1.0) for both the verbal and quantitative sections and is approaching .90 for the reading section.
EMA has offered millions of dollars in fee waivers for the SSAT and the SAO each year for students in need who are seeking educational opportunity with our member schools.
The processes and procedures for the SSAT’s administration are the same for every student, at test sites around the world.
“The SSAT is critical to our work in the admission and financial aid offices. We have two merit scholarships tied to the SSAT, and our admission office appreciates the standardized data point the SSAT gives us when most of the other application data is student-or school-specific.”
For Crossroads School in Santa Monica, the admission entry point at sixth grade is particularly challenging. With applicants coming primarily from public schools, there is significant price sensitivity and less of an orientation to the value of an independent school education and the admission process. In addition, the information the admission team receives about students varies widely, depending on whether the student is coming from a public school or private school.
Eric Barber, director of enrollment management at Crossroads, believes The Character Skills Snapshot will help level that playing field. It will also help us “differentiate our admission process from the competitor schools, in that we really are showing that we care about the entire brain and the entire kid, because that's who we are as a school.”