A student’s character deserves the same attention as his or her cognitive ability in the assessment process. The Enrollment Management Association’s testing and research team developed The Character Skills Snapshot alongside 56 independent schools, pilot testing over 12,000 students.
The Snapshot is an online assessment taken during the independent school admission process. It is designed to measure essential character skills deemed prevalent among independent school missions and which schools seek to nurture in their students: initiative, intellectual engagement, open-mindedness, resilience, self control, social awareness, and teamwork.
This skill describes the student’s inclination to work on assignments in a timely manner and emphasizes the point at which a student chooses to start work rather than when the student finishes work. Representative behaviors:
This skill focuses on the student’s enjoyment of and willingness to pursue learning opportunities, regardless of how much difficulty they might present. Representative behaviors:
This skill describes the student’s willingness to try new things. Representative behaviors:
This skill highlights the student’s ability to adjust to unexpected situations and changing circumstances. Representative behaviors:
This skill focuses on the student’s ability to monitor and control his or her thoughts and actions, and what he or she says to others. Representative behaviors:
This skill describes a student’s ability to recognize the appropriate ways to interact with others. Representative behaviors:
This skill highlights the student’s ability to engage in supportive behaviors and emphasizes empathetic qualities that enable productive collaboration with others. Representative behaviors: