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Application Materials

Everything listed below is required for a complete application, unless otherwise noted. In addition to these materials, we require an interview

Gateway, Part 1: Candidate Profile

Begin by filling out your Candidate Profile. This profile contains your basic personal information and is shared with Exeter and other schools using Gateway.

Testing

We recognize that some applicants live in areas where required testing (online or in-person) is not available or students may be uncomfortable taking a test at a local testing site due to health concerns related to COVID-19. We also recognize that some applicants may not be able to take an online standardized test due to a lack of home internet access. In those cases, Exeter will waive the testing requirement. As always, admission decisions are based on a variety of factors and students will not be penalized or advantaged by the absence or presence of standardized tests for the 2020-2021 admission season. The Admissions office will continue to apply a holistic review of all admission applications.

  Standardized Testing (submit ONE)
Applying to Grade SSAT ISEE PSAT SAT ACT
9 or 10 X X      
11 X X X X X
12 or PG     X X X

School Codes: ISEE 300185; SSAT 5764; SAT 1884; TOEFL 8128

For applicants to grades 9 and 10, the SSAT or ISEE results must be from tests taken no earlier than July of the year preceding the academic start date at Exeter. Results must be sent directly to Exeter from the testing company.

For applicants to grades 11, we will accept any of the above test scores.

For applicants to grade 12 and postgraduates, we will accept your most recent test results for the ACT, PSAT or SAT. Results can be sent as part of the official school transcript or a copy of the score report can be emailed to admit@exeter.edu.

International Students

We strongly recommend the TOEFL for students who do not speak English as a primary language and haven’t been in an English-speaking school for the last two years. We will accept your most recent test results. 

Gateway, Part 2: Essays and Parent Statement

Essay Questions: We require two 200-500 word essays. Topic prompts are on Gateway.

Parent Statement: Available on Gateway.

Gateway, Part 3: Transcripts and Recommendations

For recommendations, you simply enter the email address of the recommender. Gateway follows up directly by sending an email with a link to the appropriate recommendation form. 

Transcripts: Current and previous year transcripts (grade reports) must be sent directly from your school, in English. Please request transcripts from your school through Gateway. For additional information on transcripts and special situations, see the notes on the Gateway application page.

Principal/Counselor Recommendation: Ask for a recommendation from your current principal or guidance counselor and enter a contact email into Gateway.

English and Math Recommendations: Ask for recommendations from your current teachers and enter their emails into Gateway. If you’re not currently taking English or math, submit a recommendation from your most recent English or math teacher and your current history/humanities or science teacher.

Personal Recommendation (optional): Ask an adult (for example, an employer, a church minister or a family friend) to write on behalf of your character and community impact.

Special Interest Recommendation (optional): Ask an adult (for example, a teacher, mentor or coach) to write about particular interests or abilities which demonstrate your passion and commitment. 

Character Skills Assessment (optional)

Exeter is participating in the pilot of SSATB’s groundbreaking Character Skills Assessment (CSA). The CSA will help our admissions team understand the unique values that students will contribute to the Exeter community. Learn more about the CSA.