Learn everything you need to know about the SSAT at a Prometric Test Center. Articles will cover test results and recipients.
We are excited to announce a computer-based version of the SSAT that is taken at a Prometric test center. This computer-based version of the SSAT follows the same design of the paper-based version, however, it is taken on a computer instead. The computer-based version of the SSAT will be available at Prometric test centers around the world.
To help protect test takers and staff, Prometric test centers are taking steps and have specific requirements related to COVID-19. You can read more about social distancing guidelines. All requirements apply equally to students and their parent/guardian. When you reschedule your registration to a Prometric test center, you will be required to complete a family COVID declaration as part of the process.
You can search for nearby Prometric test sites here. After you register for an SSAT at a Prometric test site, you will use a similar search to schedule your test from your account. Please note that availability is live and may change.
The Enrollment Management Association, provider of the paper-based SSAT, has developed this new testing option.
No. Because the scores from a paper-based and computer-based SSAT are equivalent, no distinction is made on the score report. However, score recipients will be able to see that the writing sample section was typed instead of handwritten.
Beginning August 1, 2020, through July 31, 2021, both the Middle-Level (grades 5–7) and Upper-Level (grades 8–11) SSAT will be available at Prometric test centers. Both the Middle and Upper level SSAT are available through Prometric test centers. The Elementary level SSAT is only available as a paper-based exam. Throughout most parts of the world students can take the SSAT at a Prometric test center, however, some international locations are instead serviced by a paper-based SSAT.
Check out the What to Expect at a Prometric Test Center section above for more information.
Parent/guardians may either stay or sign a waiver allowing them to leave during testing. Parents/guardians will need to be present for check-in.
After check-in, but before proceeding to security and the test room, your student must put all restricted items in a locker provided by Prometric. If you, the parent/guardian, will be staying on site for the duration of the exam, your student can also give you all of their prohibited items.
Yes. Access the Prometric sample user interface to try out the system. Please keep in mind that the tutorial may vary from the actual SSAT but will provide students with a general idea of what to expect on test day, as well as an opportunity to answer a few sample questions. Students will need to enable Flash in their browser in order for this tutorial to properly launch. Please note that the interface for taking the SSAT at Prometric is slightly different that the SSAT at Home interface.
It is very important for students to be aware of the sections and types of questions on the SSAT. These are identical for both paper- and computer-based SSATs. Using The Official Guide to the SSAT or online practice, both available through your account, are great ways to do this. It is important to note that the computer interface for online practice and the computer-based SSAT do vary.
If you had canceled your existing 2019–2020 registration or were not registered and need testing during this period, please contact customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Where Prometric test centers are available, students are able to take the computer-based SSAT at Prometric up to two times. It is important to note that there may be situations where a student’s ability to test at a Prometric test center is limited.
No. Your student will take the computer-based SSAT on a Prometric computer to ensure a consistent test experience and for test security reasons.
During the two breaks, your student may leave the testing room and access their snacks and drinks that can be kept in your possession or put in a provided locker. You may talk with your student; however, you should ensure you do not provide them access to any prohibited items, discuss or ask about specific test questions or content, or provide any possible test-related information, such as vocabulary definitions. It is fine to reassure them or ask general questions such as, “How are you doing?”
If you decide to stay on site during the exam, it may be helpful to many students for parents and guardians to help their student keep track of time during breaks. Students have 10 minutes for each of the two breaks, from the time they end the previous section to the time they need to be seated and resume testing. Students should allow a few minutes to put away any snacks and drinks, go through security again, and walk the few short steps to their computer in the testing room. If your student is late, they will miss time during the next section that they will not be able to make up.
After registration is complete, it may or may not be possible to add testing accommodations. Please email email@example.com as soon as possible to inquire.
Yes! EMA understands that receiving scores as fast as possible is very important. Families should generally expect scores within four days of testing.
The score results from the computer-based SSAT will be equated to paper-based scores to adjust for any small impact of test modality (computer vs. paper).
No, Wi-Fi will not be available in Prometric waiting rooms.