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CSS为你的美高申请锦上添花!

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天微冷,风微凉,秋天按时到来,申请季也如约而至。The Enrollment Management Association(原SSAT考试局)在最新的年会上提出,将引入CSS测试,作为美高申请的额外参考项。

别担心,小编马上为你解读。

CSS 是什么?


CSS,即Character Skills Snapshot性格特征快速测试。测评分为两个部分,第一部分为Forced-Choice(必选题,二选一),选出相对而言更接近自己想法的描述。例如

描述:接受很困难的任务时,我很享受。

选择1:很像我。

选择2:不太像我。

第二部分为Situational Judgement(情景判断题,四选一),学生会根据情况描述,选择一种问题解决方案。例如:

情景:Kainoa被分到一个团队项目,而团队成员必须赶在截止日期前进行讨论以尽快完成任务。团队成员希望在星期二下午会面,而Kainoa正好有棒球训练。

选择1:向棒球教练请假,去参加项目讨论。

选择2:向团队成员建议,调整讨论时间。

选择3:告诉团队成员自己会在家完成自己的部分,晚些时候发给成员们。

选择4:放弃棒球训练,参加星期二的团队见面。

测评结果会分为三个等级,Demonstrating为最高等级,证明测评人已“显示”出某一项能力并很好地运用在了生活中;Developing表示测评人的某一项能力已经存在但还需要“发展”;如果有一项结果是Emerging,那么测评人可能才刚刚开始重视某一项能力的培养,需付出更多的努力。

CSS 针对人群


CSS测试主要针对申请美国6-12年级的学生。

CSS 测什么?


该测试主要针对社会认知、自我约束、求知欲、主动性、抗挫折能力、开放性思维、责任心、团队合作八大能力板块对学生进行测评。

学校真的会在乎CSS结果吗? 


美高招生部门的录取在很多方面是相通的,在标准化成绩以外,招生官们都想尽可能地了解学生,以作出该学生是否与学校相匹配的合理判断。CSS测试有利于招生官迅速捕捉到学生的性格特征,在脑海中还原一个更加真实的申请人。

当然,CSS测试的结果只是作为申请材料的一项补充,并不具有替代性。

有哪些学校希望你参加CSS?


小编整理了一下美国TOP30的寄宿高中对于CSS测评的态度,我们发现,绝大多数都接受CSS的测评结果,有1/3的学校建议学生参与CSS测评,且对于是否参与CSS测评持强烈建议态度的学校大多排名比较靠前。

总体来说,我们建议申请人在申请提交时一并提供CSS测评结果,如果CSS可以证明你拥有多项出众的能力,岂不是为你的申请锦上添花?

CSS 需要如何准备


如果说,全家一起前往美国参加顶尖寄宿高中面试给学生及父母都带来了不小的压力,那么请你放心,CSS测试并不需要花很多的时间和精力准备,而是重在积累。PO团队在指导学生申请的过程中,已在布置不同任务时,综合提高学生各个方面的能力。比如,PO导师在为学生设计独一无二的书单后,会将阅读任务细化到每周,其他一些需要行动力的任务甚至细化到了每天每小时,这是为了培养学生的时间管理能力,无形中学生也会提高自我约束的能力。

下图是某学生在PO导师指导下,利用SMART原则为自己设定的小目标,后期证明效果显著,该学生大大提高了目标管理和时间管理能力。

另外,PO导师指导学生某项课外活动时,也鼓励学生找到志同道合的小伙伴一起扩大活动的影响力,这也是促进团队合作能力提升的一个好途径。

CSS 测多久?费用多少?


CSS是一项20-30分钟的在线测试,在家或任何有网络的地方参加测试,但是不支持移动网络,也就是说不能使用手机设备。已报名SSAT考试的学生,CSS测试免费,若单独参加CSS测试,则费用为25美金。

CSS 什么时候测?有效期


CSS每个申请季只能测一次,有效期一年。

在推行的第一年,即2017.9.25 - 2018.7.31期间,学生有一次测试机会。PO导师会根据情况给你参加CSS测试时间上的建议,而如果你提前两三年就开始着手美高申请,也不妨提前感受一下CSS测试,多一个了解自己不足的机会。

CSS 如何注册


参加SSAT考试的学生,在SSAT.org官网注册SSAT考试的同时即可注册CSS。

若不参加SSAT考试,也可以通过邮件询问工作人员以获取CSS的测试链接。

PO导师们第一时间关注CSS测试,且都已熟知CSS注册步骤,随时准备提供帮助。

CSS 测试后多久可以拿到报告


由于CSS尚在推行阶段,在2017.12.10之前参加测试的同学将在2017.12.15收到测评结果。而之后参加测试的同学,将会在测试后2周内收到报告。


应对CSS,重在平时。踏踏实实准备申请,CSS也会给你一个满意的结果。


Character Skills Snapshot


Test Overview

The Character Skills Snapshot is a 20-30 minute online assessment created by the Enrollment Management Association (EMA), provider of the SSAT admission exam.


During the application process for U.S. high school admission, the application itself, grades, and test scores only tell part of the story of each applicant. The Snapshot gives additional perspective into student’s character.


Snapshot measures eight character skills that are also common values in independent schools.


Depending on school culture as well as the mix of the admitted incoming class, different schools might have slightly different preferences for one character skill over another. Generally speaking, however, admission values all eight skills listed above. This means the more skill categories on which the student scores high, the better the student demonstrates to the admission that he or she is able to use these essential skills to excel at their school in and outside the academic realm.


Scoring

 After answering all the questions, the student will receive a performance level rating for each character skill as either “Emerging”, “Developing”, or “Demonstrating”, with “Demonstrating” being the highest level. If a student earns “Demonstrating” on one character skill, that means the student already has a clear understanding of this skill and is able to use it on a daily basis. “Developing” means the skill is present and still in the process of development, and “Emerging,” the lowest score, means the student is starting to show signs of this skill.


According to Dr. Jinghua Liu, Chief Testing and Research Officer at the EMA, there are four reference groups based on SSAT middle level and upper level grouping: male and female groups for students either in G5-G7 (applying for G6-G8) or in G8-G11 (applying for G9-G12). Depending on which demographic group a student falls, his or her results are only compared with others within the respective group to determine the performance level for each character skill.


Scoring among all identified skills is relative to some extent as well. Section 1 consists of 19 forced-choice questions. Each of the three statements in the question highlights one of the eight character skills. The first statement emphasizes Intellectual Curiosity, the second Social Awareness, and the third Self-Control. By indicating one out of three as best-fitting and another as least-fitting, leaving one as mediocre, the student is self-identifying. After 19 questions, the student will have revealed how well his or her eight skills are developed relative to one another.


In section 2, the skill which the question is asking is less obvious. The section contains 10 situational judgment questions, the only other type of questions present in the assessment. In each of these questions, the student will be given a scenario commonly encountered in school life with four possible actions to deal with the situation. The student then will be asked to rate the appropriateness of each action according to his or her own judgment.


Character Skills in Admissions

According to Dr. Liu, the EMA has made it clear and repeatedly emphasized to independent schools that they should not base their admission decisions on The Snapshot results alone. Among SSAT, interview, recommendation letters, personal statement, and many other components, The Snapshot is merely one piece of the big equation that admission officers are trying to solve to better understand their applicants. It is a supplement, rather than a replacement, for any other components.


Schools Using Snapshot

Following the release of EMA’s Character Skills Snapshot assessment late September, many schools have opened up to the idea. As of October 12, 2017, almost 600 schools have decided to accept The Snapshot in their admission process, most of which considering it an optional component of the application for this first year.

 

Students may take the Character Skills Snapshot assessment starting September 27, 2017 for one time per admission cycle. Those who take the assessment before December 10, 2017 will have their results collected for analysis and receive their reports on December 15. Thereafter, reports are delivered within two weeks of completion of The Snapshot.


Students may take The Snapshot at home, or any location with an internet connection. It is not available on mobile devices, and is not given at schools.


There is no cost for the Character Skills Snapshot if an applicant registers to take the SSAT. If an applicant opts to take a different admission test, the cost of The Character Skills Snapshot is $25.00.


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