testing requirements for admissions to independent high schools

October 12, 2020, by

Applying to an Independent School in Fall 2020?

COVID -19 has ushered in many changes this year to testing requirements for admissions to independent high schools in the Washington, DC area.  Many schools have opted to go “test optional,” meaning that students may choose to submit standardized test scores but are not required to do so.  Other schools, citing equity concerns, have chosen to go “test blind,” stating that they will not look at standardized test scores even if they are submitted by an applicant. Still others are offering their own in-house tests in lieu of requiring SSAT or ISEE scores.

In an effort to provide students with more test taking options, both the SSAT Board and the Educational Records Bureau (maker of the ISEE) are offering online at-home tests this fall. The ISEE is also being offered in an online format at Prometric Testing centers as well as on paper at a few schools in Maryland. The SSAT is not being administered at testing centers this fall. If students wish to take the paper version of the SSAT, they must schedule a flex test with an independent testing consultant.

Should my Child Prepare for the ISEE/SSAT this Year?

To determine if your child should prepare for the SSAT or ISEE, first, check the school list below to see if the schools to which your child is applying require standardized test scores. If they do, then obviously your child should take the test. If the school is test optional, consider whether a standardized test score would be an asset to your child’s application. If you are unsure how your child will perform on a test, consider doing a free online proctored practice test through Marks Education. A professional tutor can talk you through the results and help you determine the type of improvement your child could make with some preparation.

What about Parochial Schools?

 While some parochial schools will continue to require the SSAT this fall, most Catholic schools that are part of the Archdiocese of Washington will be requiring the HSPT as usual this year.  The HSPT will be offered on Dec. 5 and Dec 12 at numerous high schools in the area.

Independent High Schools in the Washington, DC area 2020 Testing Requirements by School:

Bullis School
Edmund Burke School
Episcopal High School
Field School
Georgetown Day School
Georgetown Preparatory School
Holton Arms School
Landon School
Maret School
Potomac School
Sidwell Friends School
St. Albans School
St. Andrews School
Stoneridge School of the Sacred Heart

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