Learn everything you need to know about the Character Skills Snapshot. Articles will cover test results and recipients.
Take a look at the Character Skills Snapshot report release schedule
The Snapshot is designed for students in grades 5 through 11 applying to grades 6-12.
The Snapshot was designed by test experts and independent school admission professionals to measure skills they deemed important when considering applications: intellectual engagement, teamwork, initiative, resilience, self control, open-mindedness, and social awareness.
The Snapshot takes approximately 25 minutes to complete online. It must be completed in one sitting.
The Snapshot fee varies depending upon whether you are also registering for an SSAT.
Contact a school to which you are applying to confirm if they require Snapshot.
Admission teams use the information provided from The Character Skills Snapshot to complement other information required as a part of the application process, including admission test scores, interviews, grades, letters of recommendation, and other information. It is simply one piece of the student’s larger overall application. As with other facets of your application, Snapshot results will be used differently by each school according to their admission process. If you are curious as to how a particular school will use Snapshot results, we suggest you contact the school directly and inquire.
Students may take The Snapshot at home, or any location with an internet connection with which you are comfortable.
If your child will take the SSAT, register for that first. Then follow these directions. If your child will not take the SSAT, follow these directions.NOTE: Parents/guardians must create accounts for both themselves and their students. The Snapshot may only be taken through the student's SSAT account; it cannot be accessed through the parent account.
Please email TA@enrollment.org in order to receive more information about accommodations and The Snapshot.
Students may take The Character Skills Snapshot one time per testing year (August 1 - July 31).The Character Skills Snapshot is intended to capture a snapshot of the student at the moment when they apply and the results are valid for one year.
There are two types of questions on The Snapshot. View sample questions here.The first type (forced choice) presents three statements and asks students to select the statements that are most and least like them.The second type (situational judgment) presents students with a number of scenarios with four different responses to each. Students rate the appropriateness of each response on a four-point scale (from not appropriate to very appropriate).
Questions are analyzed differently based upon the question type.
The Snapshot results are released according to the timeline found on The Character Skills Snapshot chart at the bottom of the page.
The Snapshot report is very user friendly. View a sample report primer here.
The Character Snapshot’s reports are user friendly and include information about how to read the results.
The best advice is to reach out to schools to which you are applying and talk through your concerns.
Parents/guardians alone may choose to send their student’s Snapshot report to a school. Reports are sent in the same method as SSAT scores, using the online SSAT account. Schools will receive results in real time once scores are released, following selection as a recipient by the parent.Download a step-by-step tutorial on sending scores to schools