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From The Enrollment Management Association, Makers of the SSAT.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Update:

The Enrollment Management Association (EMA) is carefully monitoring conditions related to 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.

Updated May 27, 2020:

  • Starting June 1, 2020, EMA will allow SSAT Flex and Benchmark administrations to begin.  This step will enable students to participate in testing at some test center locations, if it is appropriate and allowed based on state and local public health regulations and guidelines. 
  • EMA has cancelled the June 13/14, 2020 SSAT Standard administration in the US, Canada, and most locations around the world.  Testing on June 13/14 at this time will continue for test takers in China, Hong Kong, Korea, and Vietnam.
  • Depending on changing conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, EMA may further extend the suspension of Flex, Benchmark, and Standard administrations as needed in accordance with local, state, and federal governmental rules, regulations, policies and guidance as well as the guidance of independent epidemiological experts.

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.

Closed Test Centers

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Will parents/guardians need to do anything prior to testing?

Yes.  Prior to any test, a parent/guardian will need to read, complete, and submit a completed declaration to the test center. You can access a copy of the declaration here.

Why is the Enrollment Management Association taking these steps?

EMA continues to make changes to testing availability and procedures to help mitigate risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our test-taker families, test center administrators and staff, members, and our employees is our highest priority.

What if we cannot or do not want to sit for the test on the next available test administration date? Can we move to another date?

We are happy to accommodate those who want to change their test date and location. You may opt to reschedule to any test offered before July 31, 2020, free of charge, via your online account. You may also email us regarding a free test change at

Is EMA allowing any testing?

Following guidelines from national and local health authorities, many standard testing dates have been cancelled. However, EMA is making the SSAT Flex Test available on a limited basis, enabling test centers to administer the Flex option if it is appropriate and allowed based on state and local public health regulations and guidelines. We’ve made this decision out of recognition that different regions are reopening on varying schedules, making it feasible to restart testing availability in some areas. Throughout, we will require our test centers to follow a safe, methodical approach that prioritizes the health and safety of our students, parents and test-center staff while adhering to all applicable regulations and guidelines. Parents and guardians should carefully consider the risks before registering, and contact test centers directly for more information about availability, testing conditions, and safety requirements. For more information, contact us at

Are students, parents/guardians, and staff members required to wear masks or take other precautions?

Regulations and guidelines intended to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 vary greatly by region. It is the responsibility of students, parents/guardians, and all test center staff to comply with all applicable regulations and guidelines issued by state and local health authorities, which may include but are not limited to:

o   Wearing a cloth face mask that fully covers the mouth and nose at all times

o   Maintaining minimum physical distance between people

o   Ensuring that the number of people in any given space does not exceed a specified maximum

o   Abiding by travel restrictions

o   Self-quarantining upon potential exposure to COVID-19 or following travel from certain locations

o   Complying with stay-at-home orders

o   Submitting to body temperature screening

o   Submitting to COVID-19 testing

o   Self-reporting symptoms that could be related to COVID-19

Prior to the date of any SSAT test administration, test center staff will communicate with parents and guardians about location-specific safety requirements and conditions, including whether tests will be administered individually or in small groups, and other steps to help mitigate the risks of COVID-19.

How do I get the latest information about this issue, or any up-to-date information?

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 state and local health authorities.

What is EMA doing to monitor the situation?

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.

What steps are you taking at test centers?

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.

What if my child has a simple cold? Will he or she be turned away from an operating test center?

Yes, it is possible. We are urging all test takers suffering from any 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.

What happens if students are unable to test in time to meet their application deadlines?

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.


The Enrollment Management Association
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Skillman, New Jersey, 08558 USA

Member Hotline: 609-683-5558
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