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Character matters at Mid-Pacific

Character Skills Snapshot assesses a student's character skills

Posted on November 27, 2017 by Julie Funasaki Yuen

The Enrollment Management Association, formerly known as SSATB, recently launched the Character Skills Snapshot, a standardized, multiple-choice test that assesses character skills deemed essential by independent schools across the country. The test is designed to provide a deeper understanding of skills not traditionally assessed in the academic skills SSAT test taken by students and required by private schools as part of the admissions process.

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The Character Skills Snapshot was developed to gather more information on a student's resilience, open-mindedness, responsibility, teamwork, social awareness, self-control, intellectual curiosity, and initiative. Mid-Pacific Institute was one of 32 independent schools in the nation to participate in the process of developing the snapshot and worked alongside other "G32+" schools, the Enrollment Management Association and the Educational Testing Service, to develop and pilot the snapshot.

For the first time, Mid-Pacific will require all applicants in grades 6-12 to complete the test as part of the 2017-2018 application process.

"The Character Skills Snapshot represents the very core of what we value at Mid-Pacific," says Mid-Pacific Director of Admissions Ella Browning. "The character of an individual is essential to their whole development as a human being. At Mid-Pacific, we work to nurture these skills starting at preschool through high school inside and outside of the classroom. It is our hope when our students leave, they will continue the refinement of these core character skills using them daily in order to make a positive difference in our island and global communities."

"What we hope to gain by using the Character Skills Snapshot is another look at what makes this individual who they are at this point in time," shares Browning. "Always remembering that character development is ongoing. It is another lens that can enlighten and reinforce what we have already begun to find through the Teacher References, Report Cards, Mentor References, the Campus Interview, Group Activity and the SSAT Report."

"For us it's one more piece of the puzzle to get to know the student better in the admissions process," says Mid-Pacific Vice President of External Affairs and Enrollment Management Scott Siegfried. "If we do admit the student, then we have information that we can use to help support the personal growth of the student here at Mid-Pacific."

For more information about the Character Skills Snapshot, visit