All students must take an entrance test as part of the application process for Kingswood Oxford School. This page explains the different tests available for applicants.


Applicants to the MIDDLE SCHOOL (gr. 6-8) are required to take the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, Eighth Edition (OLSAT 8). This test is designed to assess the applicant's aptitude, not their level of achievement, and therefore, no preparation is necessary. The OLSAT is a 45-minute timed, multiple-choice assessment. Students in 5th grade take the Level E test. Students in 6th or 7th or 8th (for repeat 8) take Level F. The test registration fee is $30.

The test is offered in the Estes Middle School Building and is administered by a staff member of the Admissions Office. All testing materials are provided by the office, therefore students do not need to bring anything with them. Test results will be shared with families and mailed home typically within 5 business days after the test date.

Testing Dates for 2020-2021 applicants:

Saturday, December 7 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 11 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 11 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 15 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 22 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 25 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, Jan 29 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb 5 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.


Students applying for grades 9, 10, or 11 must submit scores from the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT). The SSAT is a standardized test that measures verbal, math, and reading comprehension skills. Students will begin with an unscored writing sample, solve arithmetic, algebraic, and geometric questions, identify synonyms and analogies, and demonstrate an understanding of narrative and argumentative passages. Each section is worth 800 for a total raw score of 2400; we do not have a minimum score requirement.

Applicants must register via to take the test at a location near them. Testing dates are as follows:

  • Saturday, October 19, 2019
  • Saturday, November 16, 2019*
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019
  • Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Saturday, February 8, 2020*
*On these dates, Kingswood Oxford School will be an official SSAT test center location 

Alternatively, students applying for grades 10 or 11 may submit official scores from the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT)


International students must also submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in addition to the SSAT. The TOEFL measures an applicant’s English language proficiency of non-native speakers. Students will need to demonstrate reading, listening, speaking, and writing abilities. Each section is worth 30 points for a maximum score of 120. Generally, students will need to achieve a score of 100 (25 points per secton). For more information about the application process for international students visit our International Students page.
Located in West Hartford, CT just steps from Blue Back Square, Kingswood Oxford is a private school inspiring co-ed day students in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum. Empowered students become clear confident communicators, resourceful problem-solvers, and ethical leaders. KO: where unlimited potential meets endless opportunities.
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