SSAT Scores for Top Boarding School Programs
As you can see from our ranking of the Top 25 Boarding Schools, Hotchkiss ranks towards the top. As a result, you can already estimate that it would require a very high score on the boarding/Independent school exam to be considered into the top program. If you want to see our recommendations, skip below for SSAT scores guidance and ignore the news that the top private school recently shared.
“As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the school has decided to give:
We appreciate that many applicants will complete some form of standardized testing and will want to include these results with their applications, which we will continue to welcome. In parallel, however, we are aware that the pandemic has made it significantly more challenging for many students to register and sit for administered tests. Some students may also face technology barriers to testing at home.
It is our belief that standardized testing is only one component of a student’s application. Assessing whether or not a young person will be a good fit with the Hotchkiss community relies on the broader context of each student’s academic and lived experience, and we do not want testing to be a barrier to entry for talented young people. Therefore, our application process will be test optional for the coming admission cycle.
Students are welcome to submit SSAT or ISEE, but they will not be required. Students who are unable to take the SSSAT or ISEE, or who choose not to submit their scores, will not be disadvantaged in the application process.“
Now, does that mean everyone should simply ignore the exam?
After obtaining your top SSAT score with our help, you obviously need to hammer out all the other elements of your application to the top boarding schools. One of the most nerve wracking exercises in the process can be the interview. Since we help students get over the anxiety and prepare them effectively as a bonus to our services prepping them for the exam, we know many of the questions they will encounter. So, we thought we would share a good number of them here.
And if you didn’t notice, we even include at the beginning what the folks at Andover say in a YouTube video.
Nevertheless, let’s address some of the questions prospective students are very interested in learning before they set their time with the admissions team:
What are the most asked interview questions in Phillips Andover or Exeter?
In most of our estimates, we identify it’s very rare that the school itself tells us exactly what their SSAT requirements are. However, for Lawrenceville, we have several estimates straight from the top boarding school’s website and recent past publications of the school.
Straight from their admissions pages, they answer the question: What is your SSAT score average? Read more
Boarding School Review, a popular online information portal for boarding schools tells us that the top 5 school is one of their highest SSAT scoring boarding schools:
As you can see, they recommend: Read more
“90% Percentile at a bare minimum” for Exeter
You could easily argue that prospective students should score as high as 99% Percentile for the SSAT for Phillips Exeter Academy. At the same time, as we’ll repeat time after time, it depends on all the other aspects of a student’s application/profile. For example, if you’re an Olympic grade sprinter or child prodigy that’s discovered a new element to add to the Periodic Table, you may not need to score as high as a student who lacks other characteristics Exeter may be looking for in a future alum.
With that said, most future applicants are still looking for guidance (as well as their parents). Without further adieu, we’ll provide all the guidance that’s been documented online.
Test Prep Company Argues 90 or 94% Percentile as an Average for Exeter
In a 2013-14 guide provided a test prep company that provides insights re: boarding school admissions, they identified the above as their bottom line. At the same time, in another online publication of theirs, they point out that 94% Percentile is their average.
91% Percentile is Argued by Exeter Student
Considered a top 25 US boarding school, the Hill School offers a wealth of educational opportunities for its alumni. As a result, many potential candidates and their parents are curious as to what SSAT scores are required for admission.
What SSAT score do I need to get into the Hill School?
As mentioned in our profile, the Hill School requires percentiles between 75%-85% according to the Boarding School Review. They post an 80% for the average SSAT score in their profile of the boarding school.
In a post on College Confidential, they list off the average SSAT scores for many of the top boarding schools. They estimate Read more
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We examine two of Pierce County’s top private schools, Annie Wright (AW) and Bellarmine Prep. There are definitely many differences between them and the following will show that.
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A: Yes, you could argue there is. It’s called the:
Eight Schools Association
Composed of 8 of the top elite boarding programs, the “Eight Schools Association” (ESA) is a group of private college-preparatory schools in the Northeast United States.” It includes 7 of our top boarding schools and an 8th that could very easily be in that list:
- Phillips Academy Andover (#1)
- Philips Exeter Academy (#2)
- St. Paul’s School (#3)
- Deerfield Academy (#4)