SSAT Information

Students applying for grades 6–12 are required to take an admissions test as part of the application process. OES requires the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test). In some cases we can accept a recent ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) in lieu of the SSAT.

OES is one of two schools in Oregon that administer the SSAT as part of the admissions process. Regardless of where students are applying for admission, they may take the SSAT at any official SSAT location worldwide and have their scores sent to the school(s) they designate.

Local applicants may take the SSAT at any of the locations listed below. 

Students living outside the Portland area may take the SSAT at any SSAT test location. (Check www.ssat.org/test/registration for national and international dates and locations.)

When registering you will need to know: 
1. Your desired test date
2. Whether it is a standard or flex test date
3. Test center location and school code
4. School code(s) for the school(s) where you would like the scores to be sent

The OES School Code is 5572.

Please remember that to be considered for OES admission, you should take the test no later than February 12, 2017. Applicant files with testing completed after that date will be considered on a space available basis.

SSAT registration opens on August 1, 2016.

2015–2016 SSAT Test Schedule
Test Date Regular Registration Deadline* Test Center Code To Register
Oct. 15, 2016 Sept. 24, 2016 Catlin Gabel 
3004 Standard
Nov. 12, 2016 Oct. 22, 2016 OES
Catlin Gabel 
5572
3004
Standard
Dec. 10, 2016 Nov. 19, 2016 OES
Catlin Gabel 
5572
3004
Standard
Jan. 7, 2017 Dec. 17, 2016 OES
Catlin Gabel 
5572
3004
Standard
Jan. 21, 2017 ** OES 5572 Flex
Jan. 29, 2017 (Sun.) ** Catlin Gabel  3004 Flex
Feb. 11, 2017 Jan. 21, 2017 OES
Catlin Gabel 
5572
3004
Standard
SSAT tests after the OES application deadline.
March 4, 2017 Feb. 11, 2017 OES
5572
Standard


*Please note a late fee applies for registration after the regular deadline.

**For the two Portland-only flex test dates, we ask that you register no later than 10 days before the test date. You are not able to register for special accommodations on flex dates.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

1. 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.

2. Does it matter when I take the test?

YES, our application deadline for admission is:

January 19, 2017 - Grades 6 - 8
January 26, 2017 - Grades 9 - 12


You must take the test no later than February 12 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 4, or contact the Oregon Episcopal School Admissions Office (503-768-3115) for individual arrangements.

3. How do I register for the test?

If you plan to register for one of the following standard test dates, please register online at www.ssat.org/test/registration.

  • October 15, 2016
  • November 12, 2016
  • December 10, 2016
  • January 7, 2017
  • February 11, 2017
  • March 4, 2017

Flex test dates are additional dates that the Portland schools have added to the standard test calendar.  You may take only one flex SSAT per school year. We regret we are not able to handle any special accommodations on these flex dates.

  • January 21, 2017 
  • January 29, 2017 (Sunday)

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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. 

7. 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.

8. 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.)

9. 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

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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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