SSAT at Home

At-home administration of The SSAT.

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The SSAT at Home is coming this summer.

Beginning in fall 2020, EMA will offer large-scale, at-home administration of the SSAT. This new mode of testing will have a positive impact on members as well as families who take the SSAT annually — especially those who are challenged by the current limitations due to COVID-19.

Limited administrations of the SSAT at Home will begin this summer.

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Admissions professionals need an equitable way to assess applicants, regardless of their background or experience.

Since 1957, the SSAT has been their indispensable solution. 

Developed by EMA to standardize the admissions testing process, the SSAT measures the basic verbal, math, and reading skills students need for favorable performance in independent schools. It has proven to be an exceptionally valid indicator of first-year student success.

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Without a reliable test of cognitive skills,

it is impossible to compare applicants from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

EMA administers The SSAT
to more than 80,000 candidates each year.

Our testing experts continually monitor The SSAT to ensure it remains:

Relevant

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.

Reliable

The 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.

Accessible

EMA offers millions of dollars in fee waivers for the SSAT and the SAO each year for students in need who are seeking educational opportunities with our member schools.

Secure

The processes and procedures for the SSAT’s administration are the same for every student at test sites around the world.

Quality test development requires

a rigorous scientific approach.

“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 points The SSAT gives us when most of the other application data is student- or school-specific.”

Joshua Clark
Director of Admission
Hawai’i Preparatory Academy (HI)
Added Value

SSAT Customized Score Services

Want to get the most out of every SSAT score report you receive? EMA offers two services to provide you with customized information appropriate to your school's unique needs:

We help you establish a baseline with which to compare incoming applicant scores by testing the cognitive skills of current enrolled students.
Benchmarking Instructions

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Benchmarking

There are tons of multi-purpose options.
We develop a custom report that gives you a better understanding of where each applicant’s scores fall in relation to currently enrolled students and the previous year's applicant pool. 
How it Works

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Applicant Comparison Data

There are tons of multi-purpose options.

Schools need reliable assessment tools to make
confident decisions about applicants. Stay tuned for regular updates about the SSAT at Home.

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Some of the Schools Benefitting From The SSAT

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Student Prospect List Success Stories

Nick Kent
Deputy Head of School
Jakarta Internacional School (Indonesia)

“Benchmark testing allowed us to know the range of kids we already had in the building and gave us a better idea of the students we are capable of serving. This informed us in a way that made our admission gateway even more open - a surprise to those who were worried that an admission assessment would limit admission.”
— Nick Kent, Deputy Head of School, Jakarta Internacional School (Indonesia)

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.”

SSAT at Home FAQ

How does the SSAT at Home affect consultants?

At this time, EMA cannot confirm when SSAT Flex testing will resume; however, we are continuing to carefully monitor health advisories and state and local restrictions. Until we determine, based on these guidelines, that Flex testing can resume safely, we encourage our consultant members to have their students take the SSAT at Home.

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

Given test security considerations, there may be restrictions related to the SSAT at Home.  We are working with our Country Master Distributors, who administer the SSAT in select countries, including China, to understand testing opportunities going forward.

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

At this time, EMA is closely monitoring advice and guidelines from the CDC and local authorities and has not made any decisions regarding changes to future testing, aside from offering the SSAT at Home to support members and families with a solution that doesn't require in-person testing.

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

The SSAT at Home is the same form and length as the paper-based test, which is roughly three hours in length including break. Extra time will be required for check-in, however, the ungraded experimental section at the end of the test will be removed to save time.

How does someone become a proctor and what software or training do proctors need?

If you are interested in working as a remote proctor for the SSAT at Home, please complete the Proctor form to add your name to our list of proctors.

How will EMA select who can take the limited administration in May?

We will start working with schools and families who previously had registered but were unable to test due to COVID-19 restrictions. Once we have supported those families, we will open seats to other students on a first come, first served basis.

What happens to existing test administrators and proctors? Can they become involved with the SSAT at Home and if so, how?

Currently, test administrators and proctors will not automatically become support staff for the SSAT at Home. As the role, responsibilities, and requirements of working on a remote, digital assessment are vastly different, we will need to focus on selecting support staff who have the needed skills. In addition to technical skills, familiarity with the SSAT and proctoring are certainly a plus for prospects. If you are interested in working as a remote proctor for the SSAT at Home, please complete the Proctor form to add your name to our list of proctors.

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

At this time, we cannot confirm when SSAT Flex testing will resume. EMA has suspended SSAT Flex testing until at least May 31, 2020, following an original suspension until April 15, 2020. EMA continues to carefully monitor health advisories and state and local restrictions to determine when Flex testing can resume safely. We will be in touch with members and impacted families with updates as soon as possible.

Given the continued uncertainty, EMA has been working hard to offer a solution to help members and families that doesn't require in-person testing. That solution is the SSAT at Home. This ability to support future testing in expanded ways, such as expanded access in remote areas and in response to unexpected emergencies, is key. That is why we announced the SSAT at Home as a permanent solution.

Is the test fee for the SSAT at Home different from the paper-based SSAT?

For students registered or registering for a test by July 31, 2020, the test fees will be the same as the paper-based SSAT and fee waivers can be used for the SSAT at Home. EMA remains committed to ensuring that our test fees are also accessible for the 2020-21 test season.

How will EMA deliver the SSAT at Home test?

The SSAT at Home is the same standardized test as the SSAT but is delivered digitally via a secure web application to test takers from the convenience of their homes using remote proctors, artificial intelligence, and data forensics.

How do students sign up for the SSAT at Home?

Options to sign up for the SSAT at Home will be available through the registration process. When a parent or guardian signs into their account, they will be able to register for any available test seats.

What if students have technical issues during the testing?

Remote proctors will be available to assist students throughout testing. If any connection issues arise, the proctor 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.

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

The SSAT at Home increases test availability and options to families.

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. Cell phones and tablets are not supported.
 Options will be made available to students who do not have access to computers.

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.

Is the SSAT at Home test offered on demand or is there set a schedule?

The SSAT at Home will be offered on specific test administration dates and times, which will be posted through the registration process.

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.

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

The SSAT will be conducted with live, remote proctors; artificial intelligence (AI); and data forensics, such as facial recognition technology and video recording. Proctors will check the student's identity and monitor activity for any suspicious behavior. The AI will flag any possibilities for cheating, including but not limited to opening additional browser windows and running other software.

Is there any difference in scoring between the SSAT at home and the paper-based SSAT?

No. This is still the SSAT.  The scoring process and score scale will be exactly the same.

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

The SSAT at Home will have limited test administrations available in spring and summer 2020 in order to help families still looking to apply to independent schools. It will become a permanent test option starting in fall 2020.

How will the 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.

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

The SSAT at Home is the same as the SSAT paper-based test but is delivered digitally via a secure web application to test takers from the convenience of their homes using remote proctors, artificial intelligence, and data forensics.

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, digital test options. The SSAT at Home allows families a solution to test during the COVID-19 pandemic or any other world health situation that would prevent them from testing in a test center.

What is the SSAT at Home?

The SSAT at Home is the same standardized test as the SSAT but is delivered digitally via a secure web application to test takers from the convenience of their homes using remote proctors, artificial intelligence, and data forensics.

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