Standardized admission tests are common for students applying to a Boarding School in the US. Depending on the school, your child may take one of the following exams.
The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)
The SSAT is a multiple-choice aptitude test for students in grades 5-11. The test consists of verbal, quantitative (math) and reading comprehension sections. The verbal questions test your vocabulary, verbal reasoning, and ability to relate ideas logically. The quantitative (math) questions test your ability to solve problems involving arithmetic, elementary algebra and geometry and concepts. The reading comprehension section tests your ability to understand what you read. All tests are printed in English. Founded in 1957 to eliminate multiple test requirements and administer a common admission denominator, SSATB serves 1,700 educators, representing 600 day and Boarding Schools.
The Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) is a three-hour admission test that has three levels: a Lower, Middle, and an Upper Level. The Lower Level is for students currently in grades 4 and 5 who are candidates for admissions to grades 5 and 6. The Middle Level is for students in grades 6 and 7 who are candidates for grades 7 and 8. The Upper Level is for students in grades 8 through 11 who are candidates for grades 9 through 12.
The TOEFL® program provides English proficiency testing services for international students planning to study in the United States, Canada, or other countries where English is the language of instruction.
IELTS tests all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. The speaking test is a face-to-face interview with a certified Examiner. It is interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get. IELTS tests are held in over 500 centres with tests up to four times a month.