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Math557Math557 Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
edited February 2013 in Prep School Chances
Can someone from Loomis, Choate, and Hotchkiss please share with me there thoughts about a 66%. This would be really appreciated and thank you in advance.
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  • baseball25baseball25 Posts: 189Registered User Junior Member
    It is going to be very very tough with a 66% but if everything else is really good and the ssat is an outlier of your application, schools will accept you.
  • katch22katch22 Posts: 19Registered User New Member
    Like baseball said, it's going to be really hard. The SSAT is not the biggest part of the app, but you might get thrown out of the pool just because of that score. WIth stellar everything else it's a crapshoot.
  • Math557Math557 Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
    Thank you, also what would be a score to aim for these 3 schools?
  • eecaceeeecacee Posts: 50Registered User Junior Member
    90+ is favorable
  • Math557Math557 Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
    Does anyone know of anyone with a score around 66% who has gotten into one of these schools?
  • wavyboy2017wavyboy2017 Posts: 71Registered User Junior Member
    Even if someone does know somebody who got in with your SSAT scores, it does not make your chances any better. There may have been hooks that the applicant themselves did not know about. You may even have hooks that you do not know about, so it is impossible for anyone to actually say your chances. The problem with your score is that the schools may assume you cannot do the work and not even consider your application. hopefully that does not happen, but geeting low SSAT scores makes your whole entire transcript not look as impressive.
  • Math557Math557 Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
    Why would a school eliminate someone who was able to do the work at there previous school? So are you trying to say that all these prep schools have work based solely on the SSAT. This wouldn't be the case because I am sure the schools have much more challenging work. The SSAT isn't the work that all these schools give there students if that was the case then nobody would want to go to any of these prep schools because they all have the same curriculum
  • psthuylepsthuyle Posts: 28Registered User New Member
    Actually, I think >80 is a good score for these schools. However, don't worry too much, I believe if you have a good applications, transcripts, rec letters,... You will have a pretty good chance to get into these schools ( with Loomis being the most likely)
  • Math557Math557 Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
    How come? Are Choate and Hotchkiss more focused on SSAT Scores?
  • SevenDadSevenDad Posts: 2,674Registered User Senior Member
    @Math557: It sounds to me like you are just looking for someone to give you an answer you like as opposed to taking the input people have given at face value.

    Regarding your comment "Why would a school eliminate someone who was able to do the work at there previous school?"...keep in mind that unless your school is a known entity in which AOs have confidence regarding rigor, getting As at a public school (or even a private day school) could be meaningless. A+ work at one school may be B+ work at another.

    So the schools can use the SSAT to do more of an apples to apples comparo. Yes, it's just one component, and yes, some people do not test well...but I agree with wavyboy2017.
  • Math557Math557 Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
    Im sorry I just thank you for your inputs and I now see that what you the two of you are saying is right, but how can a test really be equivalent to workload?
  • SevenDadSevenDad Posts: 2,674Registered User Senior Member
    @Math557: All I can do is relate what more than one AO told us a few years ago when my daughter was applying to schools...upon hearing her scores (high 99%-iles) "Well, that shows she'll be able to do the work."

    The same AOs told us that they like to see high 80s and up...once you hit that threshold the scores are a non-issue. Keep in mind that even with near perfect scores, she was flat out rejected from Choate...so really, scores or no scores, it's all a crapshoot.
  • neatoburritoneatoburrito Posts: 3,117Registered User Senior Member
    math557

    Here's my take on ssat scores. I really don't think high scores help. Once a kid crosses whatever threshold makes the admissions people comfortable it just doesn't matter any more. None of us know what that threshold is, and it isn't some hard and fast number for each school.

    I think they expect some kids to score higher than others based on their academic preparation. BUT, if a kid that comes from a background where they are used to seeing lower scores happens to score at the 99th percentile, it doesn't help them - doesn't hurt, but also doesn't help. They might expect a kid from a well regarded middle school in a suburban area to score at 85+ and a kid from an urban or rural public school to score lower. If the rural kid scores higher they don't care. Say they've got a kid who goes on and on about how much they love to read. You would expect that kid to do very well on the verbal section, right? If they don't, they might question the quality of literature the kid reads or wonder if they've really understood all those primary sources they claim to love. If they get an 800, it just makes sense - no brownie points for proving it. If a kid declares a passion and high aptitude for math, it would make sense for them to get an 800 on the math. Again, no brownie points, just what would be expected.

    So while a higher than expected scores does not add anything to an application, a lower one might simply make the committee look a little deeper into the transcript to see if it's just an anomaly or if there is an issue with the rigor at the current school.

    I don't believe any school would simply toss an application based on SSAT scores. That would be stupid. All it would do is perhaps make them look a little closer at other parts, which is not a bad thing, especially if they are strong.
  • Math557Math557 Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
    Thank you so much Seven Dad and Neatburrito I also want to know what is classififed as a "Hook" and do you guys think that if two applications are similar, but the school can only admit one will they look at the SSAT Scores and accept the applicant with the higher score.
  • neatoburritoneatoburrito Posts: 3,117Registered User Senior Member
    Neither one of us could answer that question. I am inclined to say that the ssat is a hair they wouldn't split, but I have no actual knowledge of what happens at the tail end of committee meetings.
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