SSAT

OES requires the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) for all students applying for grades 6–12 . If the SSAT is not offered in your area, we will accept the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam). Students applying to grades 11-12, may submit PSAT scores.

OES is one of two schools in Oregon that administers the SSAT. Students may take the SSAT at any official SSAT location worldwide and have their scores sent to the school(s) they designate. (Check www.ssat.org/test/registration for national and international dates and locations.)

When registering, please be sure to designate OES as a score recipient. The OES School Code is 5572.

Please remember that to be considered for OES admission, you should take the test no later than February 10, 2018. Applicant files with testing completed after that date will be considered on a space available basis.

2017-2018 SSAT Test Schedule

All tests are offered at both OES (5572) and Catlin Gabel (3004) unless otherwise noted. You can register for the test online at https://ssat.org/about-ssat/registration. Please note a late fee applies for registration after the regular deadline.


October 14, 2017 (Catlin Gabel only)
Regular registration deadline: September 23, 2017

November 11, 2017
Regular registration deadline: October 21, 2017

December 9, 2017
Regular registration deadline: November 18, 2017

January 6, 2018
Regular registration deadline: December 16, 2017

January 20 (OES Flex Test)
Flex test registration deadline: 10 days before the test**

February 3, 2018
Regular registration deadline: January 20, 2018

February 10, 2018 (Catlin Gabel Flex Test)
Flex test registration deadline: 10 days before the test**

March 3, 2018 (location TBD)
Regular registration deadline: February 10, 2018
Please note this test is after the OES application deadline.


**You will not be able to register for special accommodations for the two Portland-only flex test dates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it matter where I take the test?

NO, you may take the test at any location worldwide. Just indicate that you would like the results sent to OES by entering our school code (5572) when you register.

Does it matter when I take the test?

YES, our application deadline for admission is:
  • January 18, 2018 - Grades 6 - 8
  • January 25, 2018 - Grades 9 - 12

You must take the test no later than February 10 so that the results will get to us before our admissions committees meet.

Applications and testing completed after these dates are considered on a space-available basis. If you are a late applicant, you may take the test on March 3, or contact the Oregon Episcopal School Admissions Office (503-768-3115) for individual arrangements.

How do I obtain an admission ticket?

When you register online, you may print out your own admission ticket as part of the registration process. SSAT will also confirm registration by e-mail. The registration fee is $127 payable to SSAT. The international registration fee is $247.

Is there a deadline for registration?

Standard dates have a registration deadline three weeks before the test date. The late registration deadline is two weeks before the test date and there is an additional $45 late fee. After the late registration deadline, there is a $85 additional late fee for "rush" status, allowing registration up to the Wednesday before the test date.

For the two Portland-only flex test dates, we ask that you register no later than 10 days before the test date.

How can I study and prepare for the SSAT?

The best think you can do to prepare for the SSAT is to go over test-taking strategies, become familiar with the format, content, and structure of the test, and keep the importance of the test in perspective. The test is only one piece of information that is considered as part of your admission application.

The SSAT is a standard multiple choice test in reading, verbal skills, and math plus a writing sample. Sample questions are provided on the SSAT website. Go to www.ssat.org and click on "Test Prep" for more information.

Do all applicants for grades 6–12 take the same test?

NO, there are two levels of the test, Middle Level for applicants to grades 6–8 and Upper Level for applicants to grades 9–12. Within each group, scores are normed by grade level.

What are the hours of the test?

The Portland administrations of the SSAT run from 9:00 am to approximately 12:45 pm. There are two short breaks. Please arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 am. Other national and international locations may have different schedules. Check www.ssat.org.

Do I need to bring anything to the test?

YES, please bring the following items:
  • Your SSAT admission ticket
  • Three sharpened #2 pencils
  • A good eraser
  • A water bottle
  • A light snack

How will I learn my scores?

SSAT will post your scores to your online SSAT account approximately two and a half weeks after the test. There are extra charges for other reporting options.

How will my scores be reported to the schools?

At the time of registration, you may designate schools to receive your scores. This service is included in your registration fee. Please enter the OES code (5572) if you would like your scores sent to us. You may add or subtract score reports up to 72 hours after your test date.

What is the SSAT - Character Skills Snapshot (CSS) and is it required for admission to OES?

The Character Skills Snapshot is a tool meant to complement the SSAT. The CSS measures 8 character skills (social awareness, teamwork, integrity, self-control, resilience, open-mindedness, intellectual curiosity, and responsibility) that are demonstrated every day in school and in the community. We encourage families to take advantage of this opportunity; however, participation will not affect your child’s application for admissions. Click here to learn more about the Character Skills Snapshot.

What if I cannot test on any of the listed test dates?

Please call the Admissions Office at 503-768-3115.

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