What is The Character Skills Snapshot?

The Character Skills Snapshot is a new online assessment, taken at home in approximately 20 minutes, that provides schools with a more holistic view of your child. It measures your child’s character skill development and is meant to complement more traditional cognitive assessments, such as the SSAT. The Character Skills Snapshot gives admission teams richer holistic information and illuminates areas where their school can help your child grow, thrive, and shine.The Snapshot is meant to provide a snapshot in time of your child's view of his/her character skills - it is not a fixed, absolute measure.

What are the eight skills it measures?

How do I register for The Snapshot?

The registration process for The Snapshot is easy but slightly different depending on whether or not your child will be taking the SSAT. For SSAT test takers, The Snapshot is included free of charge. Once you register for the test, SSAT will send you an email inviting you to take The Snapshot, and you will see a Snapshot button on the homepage of your student SSAT account.

For students not taking the SSAT, the fee for The Snapshot is $25.00. If the school to which you are applying accepts The Snapshot, let them know you'll be taking it, and they'll send you a link to get you started.

View step-by-step directions for the registration process here:

For SSAT Testers     For Non-SSAT Testers

How does my child take The Snapshot?

Follow the registration processes listed above. Parents must create both parent and student SSAT accounts.

The Parent Account

  • Provides parent and student information
  • Creates a student account with username and password
  • Gives consent and signs an integrity statement

The Student Account

  • Once parent has provided consent and submits integrity statement, the student then logs in to his/her account
  • A "Take the Snapshot"  icon will appear on student account 
  • Student submits integrity statement
  • Student takes The Snapshot
  • The Snapshot can only be taken on the student account, not the parent account. The student must be logged in to see Snapshot access.

Which schools are using The Snapshot?

Click here for a list of schools that are utilizing The Snapshot in their admission process (as of 1.20.18). Some schools require it, while others suggest or recommend it. 

How do I send Snapshot reports to schools? 

Once your report has been posted, you can send reports to any schools that have opted in to receive Snapshot results this year (you cannot choose report recipients prior to report release). To send a result to a placement director at your school, designate them as a report recipient once you receive your results.

View step-by-step directions for sending reports here:

Sending Your Snapshot Report     

Watch the video - All About Your Snapshot Report

Snapshot Results Release Chart

Have more questions? Visit our Snapshot FAQ page