At-Home Testing for the SSAT Is Available

At-home testing for the SSAT will continue for the 2021-2022 testing season, with dates beginning in August 2021. Registration opens August 1, 2021, only available in the U.S. and Canada for Middle and Upper Level. Here is how the SSAT at home works:

STEP 1: Registration. Register for the SSAT at Home through your account.
STEP 2: Schedule. After you complete your registration, you will be sent an email to schedule your test with PSI, our partner in delivering the SSAT at Home.
STEP 3: Prepare. Do a system check early to make sure you don’t need to order an equity kit. We recommend downloading and installing the secure browser at least 48 hours prior to test day. You will receive an email on the Thursday before the test with more important updates.
STEP 4: Test Day. If you get stuck at any point during the exam and need help, you can click here for contact information. Log in to launch your test from the portal.

Here are the tech and room requirements for the at-home testing with the SSAT:

1. Computer. Must be a Windows or Mac laptop or desktop computer. Chromebooks, tablets, cell phones, and other devices are not permitted. Must have only one monitor or screen with a minimum resolution of 1366 x 768. Some antivirus software can cause performance issues. Note: Apple devices released in late 2020 have new M1 processors that have not yet been certified by PSI and are not currently supported.

2. Camera. Must have an internal or external webcam. The camera must be able to be moved to show the proctor your testing environment. (If your webcam is a part of a laptop, you’ll be asked to move your laptop to show parts of the room.)

3. Speakers/Microphone. Headphones or AirPods are not allowed. Must have a speaker to hear the proctor. Must have a microphone to speak to the proctor. Microphones that are part of a headset are not allowed. If your hair covers your ears, during check-in and after breaks, the proctor may ask you to show that you are not using headphones or airpods.

4. Internet. Must have a reliable, consistent internet connection. Your internet should be at least fast enough to search the web or stream music. You may not use a VPN during testing. Some corporate, business, or school networks may have settings that prevent testing.

5. Workspace. Your computer mouse and keyboard must be on a table or desk. Your work surface and area surrounding your desk must be free of all items not approved for use during testing. You must be seated in a regular chair. You may not use a couch, bed, or be seated on the floor.

6. Room/Environment. You must use a room where you can be alone during testing. Your room may not have any posters or items visible that may benefit the test taker. Your room must be free from music, talking, or other noises. You must be dressed appropriately. Remember, your picture will be taken at the start of testing.

7. Parents Assistance. A parent/guardian is allowed to assist during the initial connection, room scan, and explanation of testing rules. Once these steps have been completed, the parent/guardian must exit the room as testing begins but needs to remain in an adjoining room.

8. Prohibited Items.  Cell phones are not allowed during at-home testing. Food and snacks are not allowed during testing, except during scheduled breaks. Work surface must be clear of all items. Students may have two blank pieces of paper, a pencil, and a water bottle without a label.

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