Standardized Tests


The SSAT is required by most of the independent high schools in the Bay Area and many in- and out-of-state boarding schools.  The SSAT test will be administered on-campus mid-November.  You may request accommodations if your child has a current identified and documented learning difference.

Public Schools

Lowell is the only San Francisco public school that requires a standardized entrance exam. This is not the same as the SSAT or SAT.  If your child misses these test dates at Lowell, it will not be possible to make up the test.  This test and grades are the most important measurement used for admittance to Lowell.  Information about registering for the Lowell test is available on the Lowell application.

Catholic School Entrance Test

The Catholic School Entrance Exam is given twice in January.  Scores are sent on to all Catholic schools to which the applicant has applied.  Convent and Stuart Hall accept either the Catholic School Entrance Exam or the SSAT.


Many preparation books exist and are available to familiarize students with standardized test formats. In addition, SSAT tutors and classes are available to students.  If you would like information about these, please contact Betsy Brody (