EMA continues to make changes to testing availability and procedures to help mitigate risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our test-taker families, test center administrators and staff, members, and our employees is our highest priority.
Following guidelines from national and local health authorities, many standard testing dates have been cancelled. However, EMA is making the SSAT Flex Test available on a limited basis, enabling test centers to administer the Flex option if it is appropriate and allowed based on state and local public health regulations and guidelines. We've made this decision out of recognition that different regions are reopening on varying schedules, making it feasible to restart testing availability in some areas. Throughout, we will require our test centers to follow a safe, methodical approach that prioritizes the health and safety of our students, parents and test-center staff while adhering to all applicable regulations and guidelines. Parents and guardians should carefully consider the risks before registering, and contact test centers directly for more information about availability, testing conditions, and safety requirements. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy to accommodate those who want to change their test date and location. You may opt to reschedule to any test offered before July 31, 2020, free of charge, via your online account. You may also email us regarding a free test change at email@example.com.
Regulations and guidelines intended to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 vary greatly by region.
We encourage test takers and their families to bookmark and monitor this EMA alerts page for the most up-to-date information as it relates to the SSAT. For information related to COVID-19, EMA recommends that you refer to your state and local health authorities.
We are continually and carefully monitoring guidance and advisories issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as state and local health authorities. We encourage students and families to bookmark and monitor our website for the latest information as it relates to the SSAT, and to check the WHO and CDC websites.
We have currently suspended testing at all test centers in the United States and Canada, and most test centers internationally. For any operating EMA test centers that administer the paper-based SSAT, we are making sure that test center staff themselves are healthy and have not been exposed to potential contagions, and looking to identify any students who may be exhibiting symptoms of illnesses that could impact other test takers. These students will not be permitted to test or, if observed after testing begins, will be asked to stop testing and leave the test center. Test center staff with any symptoms of illness or exposure to potential contagions will not be permitted to administer the SSAT. Finally, we are requiring all test centers to follow applicable cleaning and disinfecting guidelines issued by the CDC and WHO.
Yes, it is possible. We are urging all test takers suffering from any illness to reschedule their test. If a test administrator, proctor, or staff member observes a student exhibiting symptoms of illnesses that could impact other test takers, the student will not be permitted to test or, if observed after testing begins, will be asked to stop testing and leave the test center.
Application deadlines and requirements are determined by each individual school. As such, any questions specifically related to deadlines should be directed to the school in which a student is applying. However, given the nature of this evolving global health situation, EMA encourages schools to monitor international and national advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the pandemic and to communicate clearly and proactively with families regarding any changes in admission requirements. The EMA membership team is available to assist schools in determining their plan of action for impacted students.