High school students prepare for and take the following exams:


PSAT/NMSQT stands for the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Examination Test. This test is taken by grades ten and eleven each October. The PSAT measures verbal and reasoning abilities and follows the same format as the SAT.

  • SAT

Students take the SAT in the second semester of their 11th year. The SAT is a three-part test that measures critical reading, mathematical reasoning and writing ability. Each portion of the test is scored on a scale of 200-800. If necessary, the SAT may be taken again in the fall of senior year. More guidance at College Board website

  • SAT Subject Tests

The SAT Subject Tests are one-hour single-subject tests, which are scored on a 200-800 scale. Students should plan to take two SAT Subject Tests, and they should be taken immediately after a student has completed an affiliated course (such as Pre-calculus for the Math Level 2). More guidance at the College Board website.

  • Advanced Placement (AP)

The College Board has designated all AP courses as college level courses in high school. Students who take an AP class at ICS must take the AP test in that subject in May of that school year. These three-hour, subject-specific tests are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. The AP Program is recognized by universities in more than 50 countries worldwide. Successful completion of AP courses provides students with the opportunity to earn credits for college and direct entry on to first degrees.

  • ISA (International Schools’ Assessment)

The ISA assessment program is a standardized test designed specifically for students in international schools in Grades 3-10. It is based on the internationally endorsed reading, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy frameworks of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The ISA is administered to students in Grades 3-10 during the 2nd week of February.  The results are provided to parents and are also used by the school to improve teaching and performance.