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Admission Testing Information

COVID-19 continues to present many challenges to the admission process for families and schools all over the country. With many testing agencies moving to an online platform or allowing schools to administer tests in different ways, technological difficulties are becoming more prevalent, access to both in-person and online tests has been impacted, and in some cases, testing dates are being canceled. 

In response to the differences in experience regarding the process of standardized testing, St. John's Prep has made the decision to make all standardized testing optional for any domestic student applying for fall 2021. 

Please browse through this page to find some answers to our most commonly asked questions surrounding our test-optional policy. And if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Admission at admission@stjohnsprep.org or 978-624-1301. 

Does the test-optional policy apply to all applicants?

Any domestic student applying for grades 6, 7, 8, or 9 will no longer be required to submit entrance exam scores in order to be considered for admission for the 2021-2022 academic year. Domestic students applying for grades 10 and 11 were already, and will continue to be, score-exempt.

International students whose first language is not English will still be expected to submit test scores. Please email Mr. Michael Kelley '09 at mkelley@stjohnsprep.org for additional information.

If I decide to submit my son's test scores, how will they be used?

If a family chooses to send us scores, we will evaluate them as part of the application. Submitted scores will be used to support or enhance the academic background of applicants as part of the holistic evaluation process used for all applications. 

Will omitting scores negatively impact my son's chances of being admitted to St. John's?

Not at all. We are proud of our holistic approach to our application review process and believe that each student is an individual with unique skills, interests, and talents that cannot be conveyed by one element of the application alone.

If you chose not to submit test scores, we are confident that the application, recommendations, transcript, and optional interview/family conversation will allow us to see a clear picture of your son.

Regardless of whether you choose to send your son's scores or not, we are confident that the integrity of our admission process will remain uncompromised.

My son's scores were already sent to St. John's, but I don't want them to be considered. What now?

Please contact the Office of Admission at admission@stjohnsprep.org or 978-624-1301 and we will ensure that his scores are not considered during our review of your son's application.

My son is applying into the Middle School and has decided to test. What tests do you accept?

Middle School applicants can choose to take either the ISEE or the SSAT. The SSAT and ISEE offer multiple testing options, including at-home testing. We encourage you to visit the links below to learn more.

  • SSAT: The SSAT member number for St. John’s is 6537. Registration information can be found online at www.ssat.org. Applicants must take the SSAT on or before January 4, 2021.
  • ISEE: The ISEE code for St. John's Prep is #570750. Register here. Applicants must take the ISEE on or before January 4, 2021.

My son is applying into the High School and has decided to test. What tests do you accept?

Grade 9 applicants can choose to take either the HSPT, ISEE or the SSAT. The SSAT, HSPT, and ISEE all offer multiple testing options, including at-home testing. We encourage you to visit the links below to learn more.

  • High School Placement Test (HSPT): The St. John’s Prep HSPT code is #19. Use this link to register. Applicants must take the HSPT on or before January 4, 2021. 
  • ISEE: The ISEE code for St. John's Prep is #570750. Register here. Applicants must take the ISEE on or before January 4, 2021.
  • SSAT: The SSAT member number for St. John’s is 6537. Registration information can be found online at www.ssat.org. Applicants must take the SSAT on or before January 4, 2021.

As a reminder, students applying for grades 10 and 11 were already test exempt and there is no expectation for them to test now. If your son chooses to test, however, we will consider his scores as part of our review. 

My son is applying for grade 9 and would like be considered for the St. Francis Xavier (SFX) Merit Scholarship. How will testing factor in this process?

Being considered for the St. Francis Xavier Merit Scholarship is entirely optional. Any domestic student entering grade 9 who is interested in being considered for the SFX merit scholarship MUST submit entrance exams scores (HSPT, SSAT, or ISEE). Students must sit for their exams by January 4. 

Does St. John's offer test prep courses?

Yes! EAGLES/EDGE on the campus of St. John's Prep offers convenient, high-quality courses to prepare students for success in taking entrance exams for Middle School and High School. 

All test prep courses are currently being held virtually. For more information, please visit EAGLES/EDGE at St. John's Prep.

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