Updates to the 2020-2021 Application

Kingswood Oxford recognizes the ever-changing landscape of our world right now and the effects COVID-19 has had on all of our daily lives presently and in the months ahead. With this in mind, we have made some updates to our application cycle for the 2020-2021 admission cycle for Fall 2021 enrollment. As an Admissions team and a School, we feel these updates for the coming year are rooted in ensuring fairness, access, and equity for our applicants and their families.

Kingswood Oxford will be test-optional for the 2020-2021 Admissions Season for Fall 2021 Enrollment.

What does this mean? Applicants may choose to submit standardized testing with their application, others may choose not to do so. Either scenario is acceptable and Kingswood Oxford will continue to perform a holistic review of the applicants’s entire application with or without testing submission. Standardized testing is only one piece in the overall application and in this unique time in our history, we recognize some applicants may have challenges to ensure an optimum testing environment. We feel we must allow for this flexibility in the coming year. 

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Upper School

    • Applicants for 2020-2021 Admissions Season are welcome to submit official SSAT scores, but they will not be required to do so. Please visit www.ssat.org for more information.
    • Applicants who have official PSAT or SAT scores are welcome to submit those scores, but they are not required.
    • Applicants who are unable to take the SSAT, or who choose not to submit their scores, will not be disadvantaged in the application process. *For applicants who are choosing NOT to submit standardized test scores: We are requiring one additional academic recommendation with the application, preferably from the applicant’s current year history or science teacher, but those can also come from a previous year’s English or Math teacher if needed.
    Any questions or concerns regarding these updates to our testing policy, please reach out to your interviewer or any of us in the Admissions Office.

    *More information for our international applicants is below.

    Please note that changes to the testing policy are currently applicable only for the 2020-21 admission season for Fall 2021  enrollment.
  • Middle School

    Kingswood Oxford Middle School will accept the Middle Level SSAT, but this test is not required for the 2020-2021 Admission Season. Please visit www.ssat.org for more information.
      • Applicants who have OLSAT results from a previous application to KO may choose to include those scores, but new tests will not be administered for the 2020-2021 Admission Season.
      • Applicants who are unable to take the SSAT, who choose not to submit their scores, or do not have an OLSAT score from a previous year to submit, will not be disadvantaged in the application process. *For applicants who are choosing NOT to submit standardized test scores: We are requiring an additional academic recommendation with the application. This additional recommendation needs to come from a different academic teacher of the applicant. If needed, this can be the applicant’s teacher from a previous year. 
      Any questions or concerns regarding these updates to our testing policy, please reach out to your interviewer or any of us in the Admissions Office.

      Please note that changes to the testing policy are currently applicable only for the 2020-21 admission season for Fall 2021 enrollment.
    • International Upper School Applicants

      Kingswood Oxford School is pleased to accept applications from international students to our Upper School. Because Kingswood Oxford School does not offer a formal English as a Second Language (ESL) program, all students must enter KO with strong foundational English skills. English Language Proficiency testing is required for the admissions process for all of our non-native English speaking international applicants.

      Typically, international applicants from around the globe would provide the TOEFL IBT scores as a part of their KO application. Should an applicant have scores valid in the last six months, the Admissions Team encourages you to share these in your application process. Due to testing restrictions for the 2020-2021 Admission Season for Fall 2021 Enrollment, Kingswood Oxford School will be requiring one of the following options to complete an international students’ application:

      Option 1: TOEFL iBT Scores from nations who offer this testing option to our applicants OR

      Option 2: TOEFL iPT Plus for any of our applicants from mainland China OR

      Option 3: Duolingo online English language test, an additional recommendation from an academic teacher who has worked with the student in an English language class environment, and completion of an additional writing prompt during or after your interview with the Office of Admissions. If a student submits an extra recommendation in lieu of the SSAT and the recommendation is from a teacher that taught the student in an English language class environment, that will meet the requirements above. Otherwise, an additional recommendation from an English teacher will be required.

      Kingswood Oxford TOEFL school code is 4796
      Duolingo, please select Kingswood Oxford School

      When completing your online application, candidates will be able to select the option of their choice above. Please refer to our requirements for ALL Upper School applicants as stated in the 2020-2021 Admission Season guidelines.

      Any questions or concerns regarding these updates to our testing policy, please reach out to your interviewer or any of us in the Admissions Office.

      Please note that changes to the testing policy are currently applicable only for the 2020-21 admission season for Fall 2021  enrollment.
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