Our school administers several tests that may be used in the college search, admissions, and course placement processes, including the PSAT and SAT. The following tests are aimed at Grades 10 to 12.
This test is administered in November to Grade 10 and 11 students to help them prepare for the SAT. Students receive their scores along with a report of their incorrect answers and their original test booklet so that they can analyze the questions they got wrong and learn from their mistakes.
Registration for the PSAT is done via the UG Deans.
These tests are required for admission to many universities, primarily in North America, but are also used in the UK and in Canada. The SAT measures verbal and math reasoning ability. There are many schools that are opting to become “test-optional” so it is very important for students to double check whether the schools on their list require the SAT as a part of their admissions process.
Registration must be done online at www.collegeboard.com . It is the students’ responsibility to check the deadlines for the dates of the tests and to register on time. International registration deadlines are very early for the SAT, so must be checked carefully. International registrations must be made by the deadlines published by the College Board.
SAT Test Structure
The SAT TEST is a 3-hour and 45-minute examination meant to measure the student’s ability to communicate and to reason with words and abstract concepts. It provides separate critical reading, mathematical and writing scores, and is intended to supplement the secondary school transcript record and other information about the student in assessing competence for college work. From www.collegeboard.com :
The math section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.
The reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions.
The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.
The ACT is another college admissions test. It measures a student’s knowledge and ability in English, reading, math and science. Almost every college will accept the ACT or the SAT for admissions. Register for the ACT at www.actstudent.org.
ACT Test Structure
The ACT is a 4-part, 2-hour and 40-minute test of abilities that students will need to succeed in university work. It deals more with the use of skills than with specific subject matter.
The areas tested are:
- English – including usage, mechanics and rhetorical skills. Basically these measure the student’s ability to understand and manipulate language.
- Mathematics – measures the ability to reason with mathematical abstractions.
- Reading – A test of reading comprehension skills.
- Science Reasoning – the content is drawn from biology, chemistry, physics and other physical sciences. Advanced knowledge in these subject areas is not necessary, but general science knowledge may be needed to answer some of the questions. We highly recommend students take the writing option. Most universities in the United States accept the ACT in place of or in addition to the SAT.
English Proficiency Tests
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
This test is often required for students applying to colleges where the language of instruction is English and English is not their first language. Register for this test on the TOEFL website at www.toefl.org. Most students take this test in the 11th grade. There are some schools that will waive a TOEFL test for students who have attended an English speaking school for all four years of high school. Please note: it is the student’s responsibility to research whether or not the schools they are applying to require the TOEFL.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
IELTS is another English Proficiency test students can take, that is widely accepted by colleges and universities. The test has two versions -- Academic and General Training. Students would need to take the Academic test if they want to study at a university level. Students may find more information on the IELTS website at www.ielts.org. There are some schools that will waive a IELTS test for students who have attended an English speaking school for all four years of high school. Please note: it is the student’s responsibility to research whether or not the schools they are applying to require the IELTS.
Duolingo English Test
Duolingo has recently introduced an English proficiency test, which can be taken online and is cheaper than IELTS and TOEFL. Note that not all colleges and universities accept the test, so it's important for the students to check the institution list on the Duolingo website https://englishtest.duolingo.com/ before signing up to take it. There are some schools that will waive a Duolingo test for students who have attended an English speaking school for all four years of high school. Please note: it is the student’s responsibility to research whether or not the schools they are applying to require the Duolingo.
Other Notes of Importance
The SAT, ACT, IELTS and TOEFL all have fees that must accompany registration. Payment must be by credit card online.
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