In order to apply to Hopkins, you must submit standardized test scores. In most cases, the scores must be sent directly from the testing organization to the admissions office. Test scores must be received by January 15.
Please be assured that Hopkins does not have a cut-off for test scores. We review your application as a whole, which includes your grades and teacher recommendations.
If you have any questions, or if you find that the required testing is not available in your area, please contact us
APPLYING TO GRADE 7, 8, 9 or 10
Applicants for grades 7-10 must submit current ISEE
scores. Please do not substitute with SAT scores.
• Complete your ISEE or SSAT testing during the school year in which you're applying, no earlier than August.
• The test results should be in the Admissions Office by January 15 for a late February decision. If you take a January test, we understand that the testing organization will forward the scores to us as soon as possible. Please let us know if you've had to delay testing beyond January.
• Instruct the ISEE or SSAT organization to send your scores directly to Hopkins. We cannot accept a family's copy of the scores because they do not include the required writing sample.
• If an SSAT test is not given in your area, check into the possibility of testing with an educational consultant. If this alternative is not possible, then please contact us
• Hopkins's school codes are: SSAT 3995, ISEE 070490.
SSAT offers an Online Practice Program
, and information on what to expect from the ISEE can be found here
THE CHARACTER SKILLS SNAPSHOT
As an optional portion of the application process, students are invited to take The Character Skills Snapshot.
In addition to exceptional academics, character and personal growth are an integral part of a Hopkins education. As specifically noted in Hopkins Purpose and Values, we are committed to nurturing the development of a students’ character essential to leading a rich and purposeful life.
While character has always been important to our admission process, we have not previously had a tool to measure the character skills a child is developing as they grow and mature. Grades and test scores are certainly part of the admission story, and we wanted to add a chapter that will provide a different, more holistic view of our applicants. The Character Skills Snapshot provides a way for us to know a child better, to understand their developing skills of intellectual curiosity, teamwork, initiative, responsibility, resilience, self-control, open-mindedness and social awareness and an opportunity to understand how those skills can be fostered by, contribute to, and enrich, our community.
Students who have registered to take the SSAT can take The Snapshot for free. For students who are taking the ISEE, there is a fee of $25. Fee waivers are available to students who are not registered to take the SSAT and require financial assistance. The Snapshot can only be taken once, and is designed to be completed in one sitting of approximately twenty to thirty minutes.
More information on The Snapshot can be found here
IF ENGLISH IS NOT YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE
• The TOEFL
(Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required if:
• your primary or fluent language is not English and
• you have not been taught primarily in English for the past four years
• Why do we require the TOEFL? Hopkins students must have a good command of written and spoken English to participate successfully in Hopkins's academic program. The TOEFL helps the Admissions Committee fully evaluate a student's competence in English.
• What's a good score? The Internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT) has four subsections, with a grading scale foreach section from 1 to 30 (30 being the best possible score). Hopkins does not require a minimum total score, rather student must earn the minimum score in each section:
• The TOEFL is required in addition to the standardized test for your grade (ISEE or SSAT) and is the only test that Hopkins accepts as evidence of English proficiency.
• Please designate Hopkins School as an office score recipeient on theTOEFL registration form. Hopkins School's TOEFL code is 4139.
IF YOU'RE HOMESCHOOLED
Applicants who are homeschooled are required to take the same tests as their peers, so be sure to check the requirements for your grade. If you've taken tests in addition to the ones required, we encourage you to share these additional scores with us.