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2019 Guidelines for the Use of The Enrollment Management Association's Character Skills Snapshot Introduction The purpose of these Guidelines for the use of the Character Skills Snapshot is to provide enrollment professionals with information needed to support the appropriate use and interpretation of the Snapshot report as well as ensure consistent use among schools for this new tool. The Character Skills Snapshot, herein referred to as the Snapshot, is the latest tool designed by The Enrollment Management Association to assist enrollment professionals in the independent schools' admissions process. The Snapshot was developed using a rigorous scientific approach and pilot tested with over 12,000 students enrolled in independent schools across the United States, China, and Canada. Fifty-six independent schools were involved in the development of the Snapshot. The Snapshot is designed to measure seven essential character skills deemed relevant to independent school admissions, skills which schools seek to nurture in their students: resilience, open-mindedness, teamwork, social awareness, self-control, intellectual engagement, and initiative. The Snapshot is administered online and is untimed so students can take it from their own home or some other place of their choosing. During the field trial, most students needed 20 to 30 minutes to complete the Snapshot. The Snapshot measures skills in two different ways. The first presents students with three statements and asks them to select the statement that is most like them and the statement that is least like them. In any given administration year there may be 20-30 of these item types. The second presents students with a number of scenarios and four different responses per scenario. Students are asked to rate the appropriateness of each response on a four-point scale from not appropriate to very appropriate. There are 10 scenarios total. Students can only take the Snapshot once per admission cycle. The results for the current admissions cycle will be valid through July 31, 2020. The Snapshot The Snapshot reports provide additional information about an applicant to support the professional judgment of experienced enrollment management professionals. Snapshot

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