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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.


  Required Testing (submit ONE)
Applying to Grade SSAT ISEE PSAT SAT I 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 9th and 10th grade applicants, the SSAT or ISEE results must be from tests taken July 2019 or later. Results must be sent directly to Exeter from the testing company.

For 11th and 12th grade, and postgraduate applicants, we will accept your most recent test results for the SAT, ACT or PSAT. 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.

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. 

Transcript Report: Fill out a Transcript Release form on Gateway. Transcripts must be sent directly from your school through the Gateway portal. (You can submit your transcript to only one school using the Transcript Release form. To submit to additional schools, go to the Gateway Resources Page.)

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.