ISD - The International School of Dakar

College Information -Testing Information

Standardized tests are an important part of a prospective college student’s application. In preparation for college applications for admissions, which are sent in the fall of the senior year, students are strongly encouraged to begin taking the required standardized tests during their junior year. The counselor at ISD will help students and parents register and take the tests necessary for consideration at the student's desired schools. The most commonly used standardized tests for college admission are the SATs (Scholastic Aptitude Test), and the ACT.

The SAT Reasoning Test (SAT I) is a standardized assessment of the critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills students have developed over time and that they need to be successful in college. The SAT II Subject Tests are designed to measure a student's knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as their ability to apply that knowledge. Students are able to choose from a variety of 20 Subject Tests.  

The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school, general educational development, and a student’s readiness for college level work. The ACT test contains 4 sections: Reading, Mathematics, English, and Science.

AP (Advanced Placement) courses are college-curriculum classes taken during high school. Universities all over the world recognize the value, rigor, and discipline it takes to be successful in AP courses and as such, factor a student’s AP participation, and grade, when making admissions decisions and placement. The cumulative exam for each AP course is written in May. More information about the AP Program at IS Dakar is provided in the next section.

In preparation for standardized tests, all students are given the opportunity to take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test), which allows students to practice essential test-taking skills and receive feedback on strengths and improvement areas necessary for college study.  IS Dakar is an official SAT, ACT, AP, and PSAT test center.

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test measures a student’s ability to communicate in English and is the most widely accepted English-language test in the world. While it is traditionally required from non-native English speakers, IS Dakar students have achieved success in requests to waive the TOEFL requirement during their application process. Nevertheless, the final decision to submit or waive a TOEFL test rests with each individual college. Traditionally, the numbers of years a student has studied in an English-medium international school, above-average scores achieved on the English sections of standardized tests and/or in AP English courses are used by college admissions offices in making final decisions regarding the TOEFL requirement from international school students.