University Prep’s commitment to equity and inclusion compels us to address the challenge of accessibility that COVID-19 has posed to people. As such, we have decided NOT to accept standardized admission entrance exams (ISEE or SSAT) as part of the application process for the 2020-2021 admission season.

We consider many factors beyond entrance exam results when making admission decisions. As educators, we know that creativity, collaboration, empathy, vision, motivation, patience, and many other qualities and characteristics cannot be addressed by an entrance exam. 

Standardized testing that is included with your student’s school records and transcripts (ex: MAP, Smarter Balanced, ERB, Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)) will continue to be optional. 

Due to the unusual circumstances around testing availability this year, University Prep has decided to add several components to the application process to help us better get to know our applicants without the scores and writing samples included in entrance test reports. We look forward to supporting all families in their admission process this year.

If your student chooses to take the ISEE or SSAT, you may request a fee waiver from a school requiring admission testing this season.