The Character Skills Snapshot is the missing piece of the private school admissions puzzle. A holistic measure of student preferences, attitudes, and beliefs toward seven character skills, the Snapshot complements standardized tests such as the SSAT by helping admission teams get to know who your child is in addition to what they know for the test—letting their uniqueness shine.
Hundreds of schools use the Snapshot throughout their enrollment processes. Simply inquire with a school’s admissions office to learn if they’d appreciate seeing your child’s report.
The Character Skills Snapshot measures student preferences toward seven character skills. It takes approximately 25 minutes to complete, and students entering grades 6–12 can take the Snapshot online from the comfort of their homes. The important part for students to understand is that there are no right or wrong answers.
Willingness and enjoyment of pursuing learning opportunities.
Willingness to try new things.
Prefers to start tasks in a timely manner.
Rebounds from unexpected situations and changing circumstances.
Monitors and controls their thoughts, actions, and what they say to others.
Responds to everyday situations appropriately.
Engages in supportive behaviors and emphasizes empathy that enables productive collaboration.
“The Snapshot helps us evaluate children on the skills they need for lives as adults that will be fundamentally different from the lives we lead today. We need to help our students develop skills for careers that don’t exist yet, and to solve problems that aren’t invented yet.”
"Because we've used the Snapshot over a number of years, it continues to reveal itself to us that it's really a tool that can help us determine where we can help students grow and thrive.”
"We're looking to see how she sees herself, which is what we love, and then be able to compare it to how her school might see her, how we might see her in the interview or the assessment, how she writes about herself in her writing sample—it's all a package of information on which we're making a decision."
"Anytime that you have more information about your child and how he or she is seeing themselves, it can only help you navigate different areas."
The Snapshot is $25 when purchased at the same time as an SSAT test, or $50 when purchased separately.