SSAT and ISEE Offer At-Home Online Test Option

Important updates for your child's testing options

SSAT and ISEE offer At-Home Online Test Option

Updated as of 9/18/20

The SSAT and ISEE now have options for students to test online at home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is what we know.

What we know


The SSAT, traditionally a paper-and-pencil test, has offered the SSAT At Home test since Spring 2020. Here are the most important details: 

  • According to the Enrollment Management Association’s blog post, the SSAT at Home test will have the same content, length, scale, and score reports as the traditional SSAT.  
  • Students will test on a secure web application with a remote proctor. 
  • Scores will be released about two weeks after testing. 
  • Students will be able to test every Saturday and on one Sunday per month. 
  • Accommodations will be available for students with disabilities. 
  • The test will be administered on predetermined dates and times. The signup will be available through the same registration process as for the paper SSAT. 

For more information, see the Guide to the SSAT at Home.


The ISEE, previously offered on paper and on the computer at designated test centers, will also be offered in an at-home form, the ISEE Online.

  • This option will be available to students applying to grades 5–12 testing in the United States and Canada.
  • The structure of the test remains the same as in other formats. Students will receive scores within 48 hours of testing. 

For more information, visit the ERB’s ISEE At Home website.

What this means for students

  • Students have multiple options for SSAT and ISEE testing in the second half of 2020. These options include paper testing at a school testing site, small group testing, online testing at a Prometric testing center, and at-home online testing. 
  • Accommodations for students with learning disabilities are available in each of the test formats. 
  • Preparation for online tests will be very similar–students can still work in paper versions to learn the skills. Tutors will then work with students taking online versions to make sure they’re comfortable transferring strategies to an online format.

How students can prepare

It is important that students who plan to take an online SSAT or ISEE prepare in the same format as the test they will take. Private Prep will have online ISEE and SSAT practice tests for students this fall. Students will be able to take these practice tests at home, acclimate to an online testing platform, and receive detailed score reports with their results. 

If you are not sure which test format is right for you, reach out to your director or contact us.


Becky McGlensey