The Enrollment Management Association (EMA) is carefully monitoring national and international advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of this rapidly evolving situation and recognizing the presence of this virus across our communities, we have taken proactive measures to ensure the safety of our students, test center administrators and proctors, members, and employees.
Following recommendations from health authorities:
Update Regarding the Vietnam International Admission Symposium
The Vietnam International Admission Symposium planned for February 20-22 at UNIS Hanoi has been changed to a virtual event. All participants and presenters have received an email with further information. Please reach out to Jennifer Davis with any questions.
All test centers in the United States and Canada are currently non operational and cannot deliver exams until further notice. Some limited international test centers in unaffected areas may be operational.
The health and safety of our test-taker families, test center administrators and staff, members, and our employees is our highest priority. Out of an abundance of caution and under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and state and local health departments, we are asking our test takers, SSAT staff, members, and employees to take common-sense steps to help us all stay safe during this turbulent and evolving pandemic.
We are happy to accommodate those who want to change their test date and location. We have updated your online account to allow free test changes to any test until July 31, 2020. You may also email us regarding a free test change at firstname.lastname@example.org
We encourage test takers and their families to bookmark and monitor this EMA alerts page for the most up-to-date information as it relates to the SSAT. For information related to COVID-19, EMA recommends that you refer to your local health authority or to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) websites.
We are continually and carefully monitoring guidance and advisories issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as state and local health authorities. We encourage students and families to bookmark and monitor our website for the latest information as it relates to the SSAT, and to check the WHO and CDC websites.
We have currently suspended testing at all test centers in the United States and Canada, and most test centers internationally. For any operating EMA test centers that administer the paper-based SSAT, we are making sure that test center staff themselves are healthy and have not been exposed to potential contagions, and looking to identify any students who may be exhibiting symptoms of illnesses that could impact other test takers. These students will not be permitted to test or, if observed after testing begins, will be asked to stop testing and leave the test center. Test center staff with any symptoms of illness or exposure to potential contagions will not be permitted to administer the SSAT. Finally, we are requiring all test centers to follow applicable cleaning and disinfecting guidelines issued by the CDC and WHO.
Yes, it is possible. We are urging all test takers suffering from any respiratory illness to reschedule their test. If a test administrator, proctor, or staff member observes a student exhibiting symptoms of illnesses that could impact other test takers, the student will not be permitted to test or, if observed after testing begins, will be asked to stop testing and leave the test center.
Application deadlines and requirements are determined by each individual school. As such, any questions specifically related to deadlines should be directed to the school in which a student is applying. However, given the nature of this evolving global health situation, EMA encourages schools to monitor international and national advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the pandemic and to communicate clearly and proactively with families regarding any changes in admission requirements. The EMA membership team is available to assist schools in determining their plan of action for impacted students.