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What is The Character Skills Snapshot?

While a child’s personality and character have always been important to the independent school admission process, there has not yet been a tool that could measure the character skills a student is developing.

Quote from Tom Sheppard at Lawrenceville School

The Snapshot is meant to provide a snapshot in time of your child's view of their character skills - it is not a fixed, absolute measure. What are the eight skills it measures?  Click here to find out more.

The Character Skills Snapshot is a new online assessment 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.

How do I register my child 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: SSAT testers / Non-testers. 

Which Schools are Using The Snapshot?

Click here for a list of schools that are currently accepting The Snapshot in their admission process (as of 10.12.17). Some schools require it, while others suggest or recommend it. 


Brochure: Because Character Matters
Character Card: Learn more about the 8 character skills and their definition

Have more questions? Visit our FAQ on the Snapshot.