Admissions FAQ

Applying to BSS

List of 6 frequently asked questions.


List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Does The Bishop Strachan School require the SSAT?

    The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is a standardized test used by admission officers to assess the abilities of students seeking to enroll in an independent school.

    Day and Boarding applicants applying for Grades 9 - 11 for the 2021-22 school year will be required to write the SSAT and complete the SSAT Character Skills Snapshot

    Families can register for the test at The SSAT may be written any time before the end of January, which will allow enough time for BSS to receive the scores. Please make sure that The Bishop Strachan School is selected as a score recipient when registering for the SSAT. 

    This year, applicants living in Canada or the U.S. may write the SSAT at home or at a Prometric Test Centre. International applicants should visit for testing centre locations and dates. If there are no open test centres in your region, please contact us by email at
  • When will BSS assessments take place?

    Junior Kindergarten assessments will take place in early February. We will contact you with more details once we receive your online application. Applicants applying to Grades 3, 5, 6 and 7 will be required to complete an online assessment in January 2021. Applicants applying to Grades 9 - 11 will be required to take the SSAT by the end of January.
  • What is involved in the BSS assessment?

    Junior School
    Junior and Senior Kindergarten applicants come together in small groups and spend time in our classroom, engaging in fun activities with our teachers. Applicants in Grades 1 - 6 also complete a math and English test, as well as group activities and games.

    Middle and Senior School
    Assessments in the Middle and Senior School include math and literacy tests.

    There is no need to prepare or study in advance for the assessment. Learn more about the assessment process.


List of 7 frequently asked questions.


If you have other questions, please send an email to or contact a member of our Student Recruiting Team. We look forward to helping you get the information you need!

Deadline to Apply: December 1, 2020