In order to be accepted to the A Better Chance cohort, applicants must sign up to take a benchmark test through A Better Chance. The benchmark test is a previously issued SSAT exam that is used specifically to determine potential standardized testing scores on the actual test. Once an application is received, an A Better Chance staff person will contact the applicant with benchmark test dates. All applicants must take a benchmark test to be considered.
After a student has tested and we receive results, it will be forwarded to families. Applicants selected to be a part of the A Better Chance cohort may be instructed to sign up for test preparation to help raise testing scores when deemed necessary.
Testing for Cohort Candidates
Students accepted to the cohort are required to take at least one standardized test - Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) or Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The test(s) you take depends on the region in which you live and the types of schools to which you are applying. If a candidate’s test scores are not regarded as competitive for admission to one of our Member Schools, the Program Manager may request that the candidate take another exam.
During the fall, A Better Chance independently administers testing sessions (called "Flex Tests") for which you will be invited to register. If you cannot attend one of our Flex tests, you must register with the appropriate testing company for a "National Test" in your area. You can read more about the exams by clicking the links below:
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