The strong academic schools do not decipher hockey players from any other applicant. All schools have average SSAT scores to be considered, Phillips Exeter/Hotchiss/Choate has to be around 85% where Winchendon/Cushing/Pomfret basically require you to take the test and many schools fall somewhere in between. If your player is stud and perused by the coaching staff than this test means less in most cases.
When you go for your tour and interview be sure to make this a topic of discussion. A few other tips:
1. Ask the hockey coach how many spots are open next year
2. Ask if all students have to play 3 sports or are their other options
3. Ask for financial aid information and the average grant given
Better to know where you stand now.
Is my kid guaranteed a shift? What about the kid who puts on 20lbs between sophomore and junior year and is now better than the kid who was guaranteed a shift? Since when is playing time decided by the family advisor and not competition on the ice at practice and games.
Here's the easy non-response: The more academically rigorous the school, the more important the SSAT scores are. The better your player, or the more critical he is to a prep team, the less important they are.
The scores themselves will rarely be determinative -- every school will tell you that they are "one piece of a puzzle." If the player's grades are off-the-charts great from a good school and he interviews well, the prep school will cut you some slack on the SSAT scores because, as they'll tell you, the admissions process is holistic. But for those schools that do have tough admissions standards (for example, those schools that offer admission to, say, 30% or less of applicants), their schoolwork is probably pretty challenging, and they don't want to admit kids who will struggle. So, if you're culling your list, if the SSAT score is below the 50% percentile, cross-off the super selective schools unless you have reason to believe that they'll go out on a limb for you, and focus on the still good, but slightly-less-selective schools.
You might want to cast a wide net, though. Some coaches have quite a bit of pull with admissions, and can get a borderline kid admitted, especially if the kid interviews well and has no behavioral red flags. But other coaches will have less pull than you'd think. And you may not know the difference until March 10.
None of you hockey idiots can legitimately say your kids play three sports, at least not three real sports so save yourself the embarrassment and don’t try to b.s. the people making decisions regarding your kids’ future. Unless your kid is all of sudden going to grow a pair and play football or learn how to hit a baseball.
Wrong...He will be Capt. of the swim team:swimmer: :swimmer: and he's also one heck of a volleyball player too....:laughing: :laughing:
SSAT scores not important. Go to the hockey game instead.
Has game tomorrow, SSAT can wait. Could always apply next year