Standardised Testing

In the spring of Year 10, students will have the opportunity to take both (SAT and ACT) mock tests to determine which is the most suitable for them and make the appropriate preparations. University counsellors will work with students to formulate individualised testing plans.

 

What is the SAT?

The SAT Reasoning test is a nationally-recognised test students will usually take as part of the college application process. Test results culminate in three scores: critical reading, writing and maths. The test is approximately three hours and 45 min in duration. 

 

What is the ACT?

The ACT is a U. S. recognized test students usually take as part of the college application process. All colleges and universities in the U. S. accept the ACT in place of the SAT. The exam covers four subject areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The ACT Plus writing exams includes an additional writing section, which some colleges require for admission. 

 

TOEFL & IELTS

Both are English proficiency tests that are required by overseas institutions to prove and show level of English speaking ability. They test students’ academic ability by looking at four sections: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

TOEFL is administered entirely online.

IELTS speaking component is a face-to-face interview with an examiner.

IMPORTANT: Although, many UK universities still accept TOEFL scores, TOEFL is no longer on the Secure English Language Test (SELT) list produced by the UK government. In order to apply for the UK student visa it is advisable that students take the IELTS test.

 
When is the best time to write the English proficiency test?

As your English language ability will naturally improve as you progress through the IGCSE and IB Diploma Programmes, we recommend taking the test in the summer of Year 11.