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A student’s character deserves the same attention as his or her cognitive ability in the assessment process. The Enrollment Management Association’s testing and research team is pleased to announce the fall 2017 release of the Character Skills Snapshot (formerly the Character Skills Assessment).

This release builds upon extensive research by our Think Tank on the Future of Assessment, collaboration with numerous independent school enrollment leaders (the “G32+ schools”), 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.

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

Field trials of the assessment were conducted over the past two years, with more than 11,000 students (including students applying to independent schools as well as those enrolled in the G32+ schools) 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. 

Using The Snapshot in Your Admission Process

The Character Skills Snapshot is available to members of The Enrollment Management Association, with an initial release in September 2017 and a full-scale release in fall 2018. Members can opt in to use the Character Skills Snapshot during the spring 2017 member renewal process. 

  • Use The Snapshot and want to showcase it on your website? Grab The Snapshot web badge from this page.
  • Tell families why The Snapshot is an important part of your admission process.  View sample language here.
  • What do the questions look like in The Snapshot?  View sample questions here.
  • View the family-facing brochure, "Because Character Matters." If you order Middle/Upper Level SSAT brochures, we'll send you the same number of Snapshot brochures if you accept The Snapshot. If you do not use the SSAT in your admission process but would like to use The Snapshot, please click here to order Snapshot brochures (please note only member schools can use The Snapshot).


Character Skills Snapshot FAQ