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.
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, 2019. Applicant files with testing completed after that date will be considered on a space available basis.
2018-2019 SSAT Test Schedule
All tests are offered at both OES (5572) and Catlin Gabel (3004) unless otherwise noted. Please note a late fee applies for registration after the regular deadline.
October 13, 2018 (Catlin Gabel only)
Regular registration deadline: September 22, 2018
November 10, 2018
Regular registration deadline: October 20, 2018
December 8, 2017
Regular registration deadline: November 17, 2018
January 5, 2019
Regular registration deadline: December 5, 2018
January 26 (OES Flex Test)
Flex test registration deadline: 10 days before the test**
February 2, 2019
Regular registration deadline: January 12, 2019
**You will not be able to register for special accommodations for the Portland-only flex test date.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Does it matter where I take the test?
- Does it matter when I take the test?
- How do I obtain an admission ticket?
- Is there a deadline for registration?
- How can I study and prepare for the SSAT?
- Do all applicants for grades 6–12 take the same test?
- What are the hours of the test?
- Do I need to bring anything to the test?
- How will I learn my scores?
- How will my scores be reported to the schools?
- What is the SSAT - Character Skills Snapshot (CSS) and is it required for admission to OES?
- What if I cannot test on any of the listed test dates?
- January 22, 2019 for Grades 6–8
- January 31, 2019 for 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 check the SSAT website for additional options, or contact the Oregon Episcopal School Admissions Office (503-768-3115) for individual arrangements.
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.
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.
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.