Standardized Tests

Testing Policies for Applicants

Standardized testing for the admission process depends on the grade to which you are applying.

Grades 9 and 10 SSAT or ISEE
Grade 11 SSAT, PSAT, SAT 1, or ISEE
Grade 12 and Postgraduate SAT 1, ACT, or PSAT
Non-Native English Speaking Applicants* TOEFL, Duolingo, or IELTS

* For applicants who have attended a school for three years or more where English is the primary mode of instruction, testing is not required.

The Hotchkiss School is interested in understanding its applicants from the broadest perspective possible. As we are committed to a holistic review of each candidate, the Character Skills Snapshot provides an important opportunity for our admission team to get to know you better. While the Character Skills Snapshot is not mandatory for applicants to Hotchkiss, please know that it is an informative tool to help us appreciate your non-cognitive attributes, and to understand more fully how best to shape an educational experience that will prepare you for a life of meaning and consequence.

When to take the test

The preferred time to schedule a standardized test is on the November or December dates. Applicants who take the January exams will still be considered during the regular admission cycle, but only once their test scores are received. We encourage you to attend to this requirement as soon as possible since registration deadlines come well in advance of the test dates.

For assistance with test fee waivers, please contact our office at +1 860-435-3102 or

About the Tests and Hotchkiss Test Codes

Contact Us

Office of Admission
The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039-2141
Telephone: (860) 435-3102
Fax: (860) 435-1525

For questions about financial aid or the application process contact Director of Admission and Financial Aid Ted Weihman P'27