SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) and SAT Subjects

The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test), formerly known as SAT Reasoning, is a standardized test in Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing skills. It is an admission requirement for many Universities in the United States, as well for as a few in Europe and other countries.  Students should check each University’s requirement to determine whether it is applicable to them.
SAT Subjects are tests that allow students to demonstrate their achievement in specific subject areas. There is a choice of numerous tests, in areas such as Math (Levels 1 and 2), Physics, Chemistry, Biology, French, German etc. A maximum of three Subject tests can be taken on each test date. The choice of the specific SAT Subjects that a student takes depends on the area of intended study, areas of excellence, as well as each University`s requirements.
The vast majority of students take the SAT and/or SAT Subjects during their junior year of high school (11th grade), as well as during the first few months of their senior year (12th grade), but students are allowed to take the exams earlier as well. Students must bear in mind that, in most cases, U.S University applications and relevant testing should be complete before January of the student`s senior year. The SAT and SAT Subject tests can be taken repeatedly and the highest scores are taken into consideration by Colleges and Universities.

The International School of Athens is a test center for the SAT and SAT Subjects. For international centers, these tests are offered six times each academic year (October, November, December, January, May and June). The testing dates for the 2016-2017 academic year are the following: October 1st, November 5th, December 3rd, January 21st, May 6th and June 3rd. A student cannot take SAT and SAT Subject tests on the same day. Therefore, careful planning is needed to decide which test will be taken on each test date.

Update on the SAT dates- In late February 2017, the collegeboard organization announced that it will not be offering SAT in June 2017 at international centers. Therefore, for this academic year, the last opportunity to take SAT is in May 2017. Only SAT Subjects will be available on the June test date. Moreover, changes have been announced for the SAT and SAT Subject dates for the academic year 2017-2018. SAT and SAT Subjects will no longer both be available on every test date. The test dates that have been announced for 2017-2018 for international centers are the following: October 7th (SAT and SAT Subjects), November 4th (SAT Subjects only), December 2nd (SAT and SAT Subjects), March 10th (SAT only), May 5th (SAT and SAT Subjects), June 2nd (SAT Subjects only).
The SAT is organized by the collegeboard organization. The registration process for the SAT and SAT Subject tests is completed online at  The site is also an excellent official resource for parents, students and educators. Our school also offers an SAT preparation course, based on demand.  

Our school also offers the PSAT (Preliminary SAT). The PSAT is a practice test for the SAT and the PSAT/NMSQT is a National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test (NMSQT). The PSAT results provide students with information about their current level of achievement and the extent of preparation they need before taking the SAT. Please note that students of any nationality can take the PSAT but the scholarship opportunities are only open to U.S citizens. The PSAT is optional. The PSAT/NMSQT, for 10th and 11th graders, will be offered on October 19th, 2016. The PSAT 10 (for 10th graders), will be offered in the spring of 2017. It can be given within a testing window, which is February 22nd-April 14th 2017, and the day is specified by the school. The PSAT 8/9 (for 8th and 9th graders) is offered within the testing window of September 26th, 2016 – January 27th, 2017. Please note that there is also a Spring 2016 PSAT 8/9 date, which coincides with the Spring PSAT 10 testing window.  The PSAT is announced and is only administered if there are interested candidates. Registration takes place through the school.

The SAT and PSAT Supervisor for our school is Ms Lea Pateras. Please contact her at the school for further information and assistance.