Standardized Testing

Below is a list of standardized tests that students can take beginning as early as their sophomore year. You may also access additional resources by clicking on the following links: 

Most students will take the PSAT in October of their junior year. Colleges will not see PSAT scores. They are used to practice for the SAT. Students should take a look at their answer sheets in order to identify strengths and weaknesses in preparation for taking the SAT I Reasoning Test. Registration is through King's Academy.

SAT I Reasoning Test 
It is recommend that students take their first SAT Reasoning Test at King's in January of their junior year. Students will be notified of the deadlines for registration. The scores on this test will give students, parents and the University Counseling Office valuable information as college choices are discussed during the spring term. It is strongly recommended that students take their second SAT I Reasoning Test in either May or June. Most students will take the SAT I Reasoning Test for a third time in October of their senior year. 

SAT II Subject Test 
Ordinarily, students should plan to have taken at least three SAT II tests by the end of their junior year, but may still take tests up until December or even January of their senior year (depending on university policy). Each subject test is one hour long. Students should choose their subjects according to what field of study they intend to pursue, or if undecided, according to what the university requires or recommends. Generally two subjects are required, but in some cases institutions still want to see three subjects. Counselors will discuss which tests make the most sense in individual meetings with juniors. Students will have more opportunities to take the SAT II subject tests in May and June of their senior year in order to fulfill equivalency requirements for the Jordanian Ministry of Education. Note that language tests with a listening component are given only in November. 

The May and June test dates are important, yet they come at a difficult time for students who are often tired at the end of the school year. Students should be sure to get plenty of rest on the Thursday and Friday nights before the tests. Most students benefit from taking a practice test or two in preparation. Saturday morning they must be up early, eat a nutritional breakfast and arrive in plenty of time at the test site. Registration for both SAT I and SAT II is through the College Board.

ACT - American College Testing Program
Some students may want to take the ACT in place of the SAT I Reasoning and/or in some cases the SAT II subject tests (depending on university requirements).  The ACT is not an aptitude test, but rather a curriculum-based test, in which questions are directly related to what students have covered inside the classroom. The ACT consists of four sections: English, math, science and writing.  Registration for the ACT can be done online.

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language 
All students studying for three years or longer in a country where the primary language is not English should take the TOEFL,  which is now an Internet-based test (iBT). It is recommended that students take the TOEFL in the summer after their junior year. Registration can be done online. Although many centers offer the iBT,we strongly recommend that you choose AMIDEAST as your test center whenever possible.

IELTS - International English Language Testing System
Students planning to pursue higher education in the United Kingdom may need to sit for the IELTS. Where in most cases universities will accept either the TOEFL or the IELTS, there are a few institutions in the UK that will only accept the IELTS. Registration for the IELTS is through the British Council.

Last updated
February 7, 2016