Testing information and academic advising sessions are also part of the counselling process. It is important to discuss the testing requirements of the universities to which students are applying to determine the most appropriate tests. Specific dates and more information are available on the Veracross calendar.
The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test), SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), and SAT Subject area tests are administered at ISA. Twice a year, SAT preparation courses are offered to interested students by an outside company. The cost of the testing and/or preparation course is to be met by the families.
The ACT (American College Test) is administered at the American School of The Hague.
In grade 10, the PSAT is offered to students in November. Parents are responsible for the PSAT costs and registration. Grade 10 students take InterQuest, a career interest and aptitude survey that assists students in choosing their grade 11 – 12 DP subjects. ISA pays for InterQuest costs which include a group feedback session for parents and students. Personal interviews may be scheduled with the representative at an additional cost.
The PSAT will also be offered to grade 11 students in November. Parents are responsible for the PSAT costs and registration. Grade 11 students should register to take the SAT Test during the grade 11 school year. The earliest recommended testing date is December, although most grade 11 students take the SAT in January. Students should consult with their counsellor to determine if SAT Subject Tests are required, as well as determining the best time to take these tests. They are offered on the same days as the SAT Tests. SAT tests can be taken at ISA or the American School of The Hague.
The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) may be required by some US and Japanese universities. Testing is done at external sites in the Amsterdam area.
The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam may be required by UK universities for students whose first language is not English. These are given at the British Council of Amsterdam.