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 are six test dates each academic year (October, November, December, March, May and June). 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. The international testing dates for the 2017-2018 academic year are the following:

  • October 7th (SAT and SAT Subject tests)
  • November 4th (SAT Subject tests),
  • December 2nd (SAT)
  • March 10th (SAT)
  • May 5th (SAT and SAT Subject tests)
  • June 2nd (SAT Subject tests)

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 and the course is announced each September.

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. It is announced and is only administered if there are interested candidates. Registration takes place through the school.

  • The PSAT/NMSQT, for 10th and 11th graders, will be offered on Wednesday October 11th, 2017.
  • The PSAT 10 (for 10th graders only), will be offered in the spring of 2018. It can be given within a testing window, which is February 26th-April 27th 2018, and the day is specified by the school.
  • The PSAT 8/9 (for 8th and 9th graders) will be offered within the Fall testing window of September 25th, 2017 – January 26th, 2018 and within the Spring testing window of February 26th-April 27th 2018.

SAT Preparation Course Announcement

Please contact Ms Lea Pateras (SAT and PSAT supervisor) at the school for further information and assistance.