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What is The Character Skills Snapshot?

The Character Skills Snapshot was designed to measure eight essential character skills deemed prevalent among independent school missions, and those which schools sought to nurture in their students: resilience, open-mindedness, responsibility, teamwork, social awareness, self-control, intellectual curiosity, and initiative.

Snapshot Development and Research

This release builds upon extensive research by our Think Tank on the Future of Assessment, collaboration with numerous independent school enrollment leaders, and statistical analysis performed by both The Enrollment Management Association (EMA) and the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The Character Skills Snapshot is a 30-minute online evaluation of character skills currently not measured by cognitive standardized testing.

Field trials of the assessment were conducted over the past two years, with more than 11,000 students completing the assessment. Additionally, user testing was conducted with parents to gain feedback on the design and content elements of the score report, as well as the assessment itself. Want to learn more?  Read about character assessment and admission and the development of The Snapshot on this NAIS page, authored by Dr. David Holmes, cofounder and codirector of the Institute on Character and Admission, including a podcast with the EMA's Meghan Brenneman, Ed.D.

Using The Snapshot in Your Admission Process

The Character Skills Snapshot is available to members of The Enrollment Management Association. If you have not already opted in and wish to do so, contact is at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Character Skills Snapshot opens for use by families on September 25, 2017.  How Do Families Register for The Snapshot? View the Family Registration Processes for SSAT testers and non-testers

Watch the Video: Getting Started with The Character Skills Snapshot