The US SAT Tests
UNIVERSITY AND CAREERS UPDATES
A first ever for Park Lane: The US SAT Tests
In what has felt like a marathon of paperwork, as well as a race against the clock, I am pleased to announce that Park Lane International School has become an officially registered test centre through the US College Board for the SAT tests.
We are only the second SAT registered test centre in Prague, and the third in all of the Czech Republic! Several of our Y-12 students registered by April 5th to sit for the first ever SAT administered at Park Lane in early May of 2019.
The SAT is the standardised university entry exam which is usually a required component for applying to US universities. It is held several times a year and covers three key components: Reading, Writing & Language, and Maths. There is also an optional Essay component which may be recommended or required, depending on the university.
Our Year-12 students who plan on applying to US universities have already attended two SAT Workshops with me which includes an overview of the test, the registration process, access to free SAT practice tests and details to verified and experiences SAT tutors.
In autumn 2019, the Year-13 and Year-12 students had additional opportunities to take (or re-take) the SAT at the end of October 2019 and, again, at the beginning of December 2019.
With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020 and many schools reverting to distance-learning, the subsequent SAT spring exams date was cancelled. Moreover, by late spring of 2020, most US universities decided to suspend the SAT exams through 2021 and even 2022. Some US universities have decided to cancel SAT requirements altogether, opting instead for either an internal entrance exam or establishing additional undergraduate entry criteria based on an applicant's high school curriculum. In the summer of 2020, Mr Richard Maclean, our school's Director of Studies and Cambridge Exams Officer, took over my role of SAT Coordinator and Supervisor. Despite the aforementioned, Mr Maclean had a good turnout of registered students from all over the Czech Republic to sit the early October 2020 SATs just before we went into this long period of lockdown.
Given the ongoing restrictions across much of the world, all registered SAT centers including Park Lane International School have had to temporarily close and cancel the March and May 2021 exams dates. The College Board, through which the SAT and other US-based uni exams are organised, currently does not have plans for providing at-home online testing. Park Lane hopes that by autumn 2021, students can once again register to sit the SAT in-person.
Ms Nioucha Banna
University and Careers Advisor