OES requires the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) for all students applying to 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.

Student registration begins August 1, 2019.

Register for the SSAT 

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

To be considered for OES admission, you should take the test no later than February 8, 2020. Applicant files with testing completed after that date will be considered on a space-available basis.

2019-2020 SSAT Test Dates

All tests are offered at both OES (5572) and Catlin Gabel unless otherwise noted. 

October 19, 2019 (Catlin Gabel only)
Regular registration deadline Sept 28

November 16, 2019
Regular registration deadline Oct 26

December 14, 2019
Regular registration deadline Nov 23

January 4, 2020
Regular registration deadline Dec 14

January 25, 2020 (Flex Test - OES only)
Registration deadline Jan 11

February 1, 2020 (Flex Test - Catlin Gabel only)
Registration deadline Jan 18

February 8, 2020
Regular registration deadline Jan 18

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 30, 2020 for Grades 6–12. You must take the test no later than February 8 so that we receive the results before our admissions committees meet.

Applications and testing completed after the deadlines are considered on a space-available basis. If you are a late applicant, you may check the SSAT website for additional options, or contact the OES 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 $139 payable to SSAT. The international registration fee is $269. 

SSAT test fee waivers are available to qualifying OES applicants. Please contact the OES Admissions Office (503-768-3115) for more information.

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 any 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 thing 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 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

Do I need to bring anything to the test?

YES, please bring the following items:
  • Your SSAT admission ticket
  • Three sharpened #2 pencils
  • 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 OES Admissions Office at 503-768-3115.