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.
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?
- 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?
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.
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.
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 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 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.