What are EMA's rules and regulations for the scribe accommodation on the SSAT?

August 6, 2021
August 4, 2021
  • Students approved to have a human scribe assist them during testing are responsible for identifying and providing this individual on test day for all computer-based and paper-based SSAT administrations. Eligibility requirements are here.
  • Students assisted by a scribe MUST be tested individually to ensure the interactions between the student and scribe do not disrupt the test taking of other students.
  • Scribes are permitted to transcribe all verbal information as dictated by the student when completing the writing sample section of the SSAT, and may, at the student’s discretion, fill in the answer booklet for all other sections of the test.
  • Any verbal information dictated by the student as part of their written response MUST be transcribed verbatim and these individuals are NOT permitted to clarify, elaborate, or provide alternate descriptions, interpretations, or suggestions.
  • All test related questions, including but not limited to requests for clarification, having directions repeated, etc., are to be posed directly to the proctor, not the scribe. Please note that any student requests to erase or make edits to their writing sample or answer selections do not require approval from the proctor and may be asked of the scribe by the student at any time during testing.
  • If the test proctor determines the scribe is providing a student with inappropriate assistance during testing, they reserve the right to provide a first verbal warning to the scribe; however, if the proctor cites repeated instances of inappropriate assistance, testing may be discontinued and reported as a testing irregularity and the student’s test will NOT be scored.
  • The scribe may word process the writing sample for the student only if the student has been approved for the use of a laptop for the written portion of the SSAT.

Eligibility Requirements to Serve as a Scribe for the SSAT:

-MUST be at least 18 years of age

-CANNOT be a family member or guardian

-CANNOT be any individual who has provided the student with direct SSAT preparation services, and

-CANNOT be any individual who coaches or participates with the student in any athletic or extracurricular activity.

Scribes utilized for any computer-based SSAT will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) prior to testing being completed. This form will be sent directly to the family prior to testing and must be completed and returned by the scribe provided by the family before any test scores will be released to the family or receiving schools.

*Scribes are not required to sign an NDA for paper-based testing.

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