Make sure you computer is fully charged and plugged in on test day.
It’s not uncommon for families to have difficulty installing the SSAT at Home Secure Browser or to experience a connection problem during check-in. Try these tips.
SSAT at Home scores are released 3-4 business days following the first Sunday after your test, or after your test if testing on a Sunday.
On test day, you should start the test 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.
Prohibited items include electronics like cell phones, watches and calculators, bags, coats, and snacks.
We recommend that you uninstall and reinstall the Secure Browser 3-4 days prior to your next test.
Rebooting your computer increases the likelihood that check-in will happen with no issues.
Yes, we recommend that you use the Chrome browser on a PC or Mac to access your SSAT account, to run the system check, and to install the Secure Browser.
We highly recommend shutting down all programs and rebooting your computer before you start the test on test day for a smoother testing experience.
Students may have two blank pieces of paper, a regular pencil, and a water bottle with no label or a clear glass of water.
The proctor will connect with your student via a chat window inside the Secure Browser.
You will be asked to do a room scan with the webcam that shows the entire room and desk area to ensure that there are no prohibited items and that there are no distractions around your student during the test.
We recommend starting the install of the Secure Browser from the Chrome browser on your PC or Mac after you close all applications and reboot your computer.
The check-in process begins once your proctor connects via chat and requires the completion of a room scan, a selfie, and successful launch of the Secure Browser prior to the proctor connecting.
Testing accommodations are provided for students that take the SSAT at Home, as like any other SSAT.
If your student has technical issues that prevent the start of the test, rest assured that EMA will provide your student with a free opportunity to retake the SSAT.
If your student has a disconnection or another technical issue that prevents the completion of the test, rest assured that EMA will provide your student a free opportunity to retake the SSAT.
We recommend having students take the SSAT at Home at different times to allow individual assistance from parents or guardians and preserve bandwidth.
Your student will be able to take two (2) scheduled breaks or request an unscheduled break by typing "break" in the proctor chat.
Your student can call a parent our guardian into the room to help if needed.
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Students can now take the SSAT at Home which will have the same content, length, and quality of the traditional SSAT while allowing families to manage health and safety concerns related to COVID-19.
The SSAT at Home allows families a solution to test during the COVID-19 pandemic or any other situation that would prevent them from testing in a test center.
Learn how the SSAT at Home compares to the standardized test.
Learn how SSAT scores will be delivered to families and schools.
The SSAT at Home is a permanent option to families beginning in August of 2020.
No. This is still The SSAT. The scoring process and score scale will be exactly the same. The SSAT at Home will also go through an equating process.
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The SSAT at Home is the same format and length as the paper-based test, which is roughly three hours in length including breaks. Extra time will be required for check-in.
Multiple testing modes are available for the SSAT during the 2020-2021 testing year. These options include the computer-based SSAT at Home, as well as paper-based and computer-based testing in test centers where local guidelines can be met safely.
The SSAT at Home will be available in the U.S. and Canada for the 2020-2021 testing year.
Yes, test fee waivers may be used for any SSAT, including SSAT at Home, SSAT at Prometric Test Centers and the paper-based SSAT Flex test.
In these difficult times, EMA is working harder than ever to provide equal access to all individuals. If you do not have access to the equipment or resources required to take the SSAT at Home, please learn about SSAT Equity Tech Kits.
If your student requires or is approved for support staff for the SSAT at Home, such as a Reader, please contact EMA at firstname.lastname@example.org. EMA will guide you through requirements and rules.
Currently, the SSAT at Home, like all versions of the SSAT, is only offered in English.
The SSAT at Home is the same as the paper-based SSAT with the option to schedule a test date and time that works best for the test taker, in the convenience and comfort of their own home. It gives families greater flexibility, convenience and an alternative to testing in test centers, where it may not be possible to do so.
The SSAT at Home is available to middle-and upper-level test takers in the U.S. and Canada for the 2020-21 academic year.
Your score report will not be labeled with the type of test you took for the SSAT. Please note, that since the writing sample will be typed instead of handwritten, your student's test mode will have an indication that this was a computer-based SSAT.
Yes, you may take the SSAT at Home up to 5 times in a testing year (August–July).
Yes. Students are able to use two pieces of scratch paper and a regular pencil. They will be asked to show their scrap paper is blank during check-in.
You can prepare for the SSAT at Home like you would the paper-based test.
Yes, there are 2 breaks scheduled during the SSAT At Home. The first break is 10 minutes and is after the writing sample. The second break is 10 minutes and is after the reading section.
No, headsets and earphones are not permitted.
Yes. Your SSAT At Home testing session will be video and audio recorded. Those videos will be retained for quality assurance and test security purposes.
No, you will not have to submit a photo to take the SSAT at Home. However, a photo will be taken of the test taker during check-in and that photo may be referenced in the event an irregularity is detected. Note: If your student is requested to show ID, they should instead simply take another selfie.
When you schedule your SSAT at Home you will receive instructions on how to run a system check and ensure your computer is compatible with the remote proctoring system. You will also be required to download and install a secure browser that is used for testing.
If you experience a technical problem in any of these areas during the administration of the SSAT at Home, you must notify the remote proctor immediately, and follow the proctor’s instructions. If you are unable to notify the remote proctor due to a technical problem, you must have your parent/guardian call the phone number provided.
Yes. When you are taking the test a remote proctor will ensure you are following all testing rules. The role of the proctor is also to help with any questions or problems the test-taker may have.
EMA has selected PSI as our trusted partner in administering and proctoring the SSAT at Home. PSI brings years of remote proctoring experience, and dedicated remote proctors who are trained specifically to support the SSAT at Home and its test takers.
No, as accepted in the SSAT Candidate Agreement, you can not have a copy of your child’s recording.
Paper-based testing is available in locations where it’s safe to do so following local guidelines. EMA will continue to work hard to meet the needs of all of its test takers. Please email email@example.com if you need additional assistance.
You must complete the required system check on the same computer and in the same environment where you plan to take the test.
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