Last year (2017) a new test was introduced by the Enrollment Management Association (EMA), the producer of the SSAT. The test is called The Character Skills Snapshot and was designed to provide additional information about students applying to independent secondary schools. This new tool is a 20-30 minute on-line assessment that measures eight essential character skills that were not previously considered in any objective way in the admissions process. The results of this new assessment complement the traditional evaluation tools utilized by private high schools such as the student’s grades, application essays, letters of recommendation, and the results of cognitive SSAT and ISEE standardized tests.
The Character Skills Snapshot was created to measure eight character skills deemed important in private secondary school admission. They are a student’s:
- social awareness
- intellectual curiosity
Results are obtained by answering two types of questions:
- Forced choice
- Situational judgment.
The forced choice questions are used to measure seven of the character skills considered essential in private secondary schools. The situational judgment questions are employed to measure social awareness.
Forced Choice Questions
A forced-choice question presents a statement like “I work hard” and allows respondents to select an option on a scale ranging from Most Like Meto Least Like Me.
Situational Judgment Choice Question
A situational judgment choice question presents a potential point of conflict between two or more people like a group of students, a student and a teacher, or a student and a parent. Each of these scenarios is associated with four possible ways of reacting to the situation, and the respondent is expected to evaluate the appropriateness of each of this reaction and to choose from a continuum of Strongly Disagree toStrongly Agree.
Forced Choice Question Example
Instructions: Please select one statement that describes you MOSTaccurately and the statement that describes you LEASTaccurately