Application Process

Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) scores are a required portion of the Derryfield application. There is not a standard test score that a student must attain in order to be considered for admission to Derryfield, though scores are useful as we generate the most complete picture of the student. A pamphlet enclosed in the Derryfield admission packet outlines how to sign up for the test at  The site also contains a wealth of information about the test, including registration for free webinars on such topics as the test format and content, strategies for taking the test, and understanding the score report. When you register for the test, be sure to enter the Derryfield code, 2800, so that your scores will be reported directly to us. 

Applicants may take the test at any SSAT testing site listed on their website.  Please note that The Derryfield School is a testing site in October, November, December, and January. You can register to take the test at Derryfield by accessing  We encourage testing in November and December; this allows time for a second test if the family wishes, or rescheduling if your child should be ill or a family emergency arises.

Applicants for the tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grades may submit PSAT or SAT scores in place of the SSAT. Students who may have taken the SAT through the Johns Hopkins Program Center For Talented Youth (CTY) are encouraged to submit their scores as a supplement to the SSAT scores.

2015-2016 SSAT Test Calendar
October 17, 2015 (offered at The Derryfield School)
November 14, 2015 (offered at The Derryfield School)
December 12, 2015 (offered at The Derryfield School)
January 9, 2016 (offered at The Derryfield School)
February 6, 2016
March 5, 2016
April 23, 2016
June 11, 2016

Please note that students who take the test later than January 9, 2016 national date will miss the priority application deadline of February 1, 2016. To meet this deadline, students are encouraged to register for the earlier test dates. The SSAT website,, has detailed information about dates, locations and special testing accommodations.