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Standardized Testing

What may be the most complicated part of the application process is taking a standardized test. This post is to provide tips and insight into standardized testing, but also to ease your worries before and after taking the test. 

Most of the 10 schools will require some form of standardized testing, although a few have gone test optional this year, so be sure to check specific school websites. The most common test for boarding schools is the SSAT for ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders, although some schools will accept the ISEE as well. The PSAT, SAT, and ACT are typically accepted for eleventh, twelfth and post-graduate applicants. If you are a student whose primary language is not English, schools might also require you to take the TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or another English Language proficiency test. Testing requirements will vary from school to school, so be sure to ask each admission office specifically. 

If you are feeling nervous about test taking, there are many resources both free and for purchase available on the SSAT website. You can take practice tests, read about tips and test strategy, as well as watch informational videos.  

After you have taken the test, you may submit as many test scores as you wish. If the first time you take the test, you do not produce the score that is satisfactory to you, you may take the test again.

Testing is only one piece of the puzzle for the admission office throughout the application process. We do not have a minimum requirement in order to apply to our schools; however, every school certainly does take test scores, transcripts, written essays, and teacher recommendations into account when assessing if you will be set up for success academically at their institution.

Written By:

Kate Pistel

The Taft School