Berkshire has been fortunate to experience several years of record-breaking application numbers making our process more selective than ever. Our holistic admissions philosophy has always been focused on choosing strong students we believe are the best fit, based on the full scope of their talents and interests, as we seek those who will thrive and contribute to what we believe is a very special community. We are dedicated to equity and access, and understand that the playing field is not level when it comes to standardized tests.
Recently, we completed a two-year study to better understand the role of standardized test scores as they relate to student success. Based on our research, we are confident that academic performance, character and citizenship, and community contributions are the factors that are most relevant in understanding a student’s fit at Berkshire.
Coming from a position of strength and urged by the challenges of testing in the COVID-era, we are in year two of a three-year test-optional trial period. During this time, we will continue to collect data to further inform the predictive validity of SSAT scores at Berkshire.
We also know that, for some, standardized testing is a strength, and we will happily welcome scores from students who choose to submit them. When a student decides not to submit standardized test results, we will require a third academic recommendation, and their applications will be given full and equal consideration.
Please note that students who do not identify English as their first language will be required to submit one of three approved English proficiency tests - TOEFL, Duolingo, or IELTS. If you have studied in an English-speaking school for four or more years, that requirement is waived. Students who receive narrative reports instead of grades or those who are homeschooled may be asked to submit SSAT scores and should reach out to email@example.com for more clarity.
Click on the button below to sign up for the SSAT if you would like to take the test. You will be able to see your results before sharing them with Berkshire School.