Applicants will schedule an an in-person classroom visit/readiness assessment with our teachers and submit a cognitive assessment from one of our preferred psychologists (found in Ravenna).
Applicants will take the ISEE in person at Harker Lower School with our teachers.
Applicants will submit scores from either the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) and attend an in-person activity session with our teachers.
All applicants to grades 6-11 are required to submit testing results, either the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) or SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) entrance exam. We do not have a preference for either exam, and it can be taken at any location. Location options include a test center in a group setting on paper, or on a computer either at home or at an individual testing location. Entrance exams need to be taken no earlier than August 1 in the year you are applying. For more information about each exam and to register, please check the ISEE and SSAT websites. Since there are multiple options to take the entrance exam, Harker is not a test center this year.
Our admission evaluation process is holistic and values all facets of a student, taking into consideration many aspects beyond a test score, such as interests, character and love of learning. Test results are one of many components of an application and are not valued more than other components. We use standardized testing as a common assessment tool because applicants come from a wide variety of academic programs. We understand there are benefits and limitations of standardized testing and accept a range of scores. Very high scores will not necessarily gain admission to Harker. In order to ensure this holistic view, our application readers review all applications first without seeing test scores. Only after this initial evaluation of the entire pool do we review test scores.
Since testing is a quantitative, seemingly more controllable measure, we understand the inclination to prepare for the test. We strongly discourage enrolling in a test prep program or spending excessive time preparing as test results are only one factor in the admission decision. We recommend becoming familiar with the entrance exam by visiting their website and taking their sample practice test. The best prep you can do is get a good night sleep the night before and eat a nutritious breakfast the morning of the exam.