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Old 12-07-2014, 08:12 PM
 
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Child applying for 9th grade. Looking at all the Buckhead private schools and Marist. Wondering what composite scores they are looking for and whether a subsection score could automatically disqualify. I.e. Westminster wants all subsections above 82.
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:51 AM
 
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I think that any responses to this question would be mere speculation for a couple of reasons: 1) Admissions folks will generally say there is no minimum (even if there really is a general guideline they follow) and certainly wouldn't publish it and 2) there are so many potential exceptions (e.g., some allowances may be made for siblings, alumni children, or minority applicants that others would not get). But, if I had to venture a guess, I'd speculate that they want higher than 50th percentile on all sections (some probably want higher than that).
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Old 12-10-2014, 07:15 AM
 
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alltomuch....I think you have started a very good thread. With admissions season now in full swing, I have often wondered why there is no discussion about SSAT scores, which play an important role in the picture. It would be nice if parents who have been through the process, could share their experience of their child's SSAT and how it factored into their schools of choice, and how they had their child prepare for the test. It would be great if other parents would chime in with their opinions.
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Old 12-10-2014, 07:25 AM
 
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There has been a little discussion. If you search, you'll see a few comments here and there but it's like CMMom said - it's all going to be anecdotal and may not give much insight into the full set of criteria that a school took into account when admitting or denying a student. The SSAT may have weighed heavily or not so heavy...you never know and it may vary child by child, class composition by class composition for that particular year, etc.

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alltomuch....I think you have started a very good thread. With admissions season now in full swing, I have often wondered why there is no discussion about SSAT scores, which play an important role in the picture. It would be nice if parents who have been through the process, could share their experience of their child's SSAT and how it factored into their schools of choice, and how they had their child prepare for the test. It would be great if other parents would chime in with their opinions.
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:26 AM
 
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alltomuch....I think you have started a very good thread. With admissions season now in full swing, I have often wondered why there is no discussion about SSAT scores, which play an important role in the picture. It would be nice if parents who have been through the process, could share their experience of their child's SSAT and how it factored into their schools of choice, and how they had their child prepare for the test. It would be great if other parents would chime in with their opinions.
Because there is very little hard evidence. Colleges and Universities publish (through the required Common Data sets at a minimum) a lot about their admission processes. Private schools share very little.

Most private schools have a holistic admissions process -- they look at a big picture. And all private schools are aware that the SSAT is very prepable and the advantage that provides to certain students.
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Old 12-10-2014, 09:29 AM
 
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And there is variability in the number of kids who apply from year to year based on the economy, public school politics of the moment, and current events at the particular private school (bad PR one year etc) so a school would never say "we only accept such and such percentile and above) because the applicant pool could potentially look very different in a year or two.

I found myself self-selecting a bit once I got each child's scores. One got all 99%s (on jatp but similar scenario to ssat) so applied him everywhere we thought was a good fit culturally. The other kid is more of a 70 or 80%er so I am not applying him to one or two schools I think he might feel like he was in over his head at. Even if he got in, I realized it would not be best for him. But to each his own. Others might make the case to apply everywhere and go to the hardest school you get into.
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Old 01-02-2015, 03:07 PM
 
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Hi all, Westminster will consider students whose scores are below 82 in the different subsections as this is just one part of the admissions criteria used to help us understand a student's profile. Please give the office a call to discuss. 404-609-6202. Thanks, M. Mitchell
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Old 02-16-2018, 12:43 PM
 
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Will Westminster consider a student with low 30s percentile even though the kid is otherwise bright , has great recommendations but just messed up in Ssat?
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Old 02-16-2018, 12:51 PM
 
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Will Westminster consider a student with low 30s percentile even though the kid is otherwise bright , has great recommendations but just messed up in Ssat?
Apply to some other schools as well. I know a lot--if not most--kids take the test more than once in order to improve their scores. Obviously, the applicant has a better chance if they are a shining star in some athletic or artistic endeavor. I have no special insight except Galloway told us that scores at 50% or above would be in their ballpark--leading me to believe that Westminster's would be higher than that. For what grade is your child applying?
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:44 PM
 
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The child is applying for 6 th grade, bright kid with decent grades, multi faceted, great in debate, part of student council, swimmer , communicative, great personality but just not a good test taker.
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