USA College Testing


Our students consistently achieve high academic results ensuring entry to many commendable universities and tertiary pathways both in Australia (Group of 8) and abroad.

An increasing number of TSS students are now attending universities and colleges internationally, in particular the United States and the United Kingdom.

We encourage our students to seek opportunities far afield and support their quest as they pursue prestigious institutions.

The Southport School is an accredited international test centre in Australia for the US College Board SAT and PSAT Admissions Test, the AP exams as well as the ACT (Standardised online test for college admission in the United States) and has proven to be an invaluable asset to the School and the boys’ awareness of external prospects.

International and national universities and colleges regularly visit The Southport School and work with our boys to scaffold their pathways.


Test Takers

Parking or drop off to access the Broomhead Lecture Theatre (BLT – Building 46) is best accessed by the Ferry Road entrance.


The Southport School is an accredited international test centre in Australia for the United States College Board SAT. These tests are conducted concurrently on allocated Saturday mornings in the Bennett Building at The Southport School.  Testing commences at 8.00am (please arrive early for registration as late arrivals will not be admitted once testing has commenced) Testing concludes at 12.00pm.

The Southport School is also accredited to conduct the US College Board PSAT / NMSQT Tests throughout the year which valuably prepare Years 10 and 11 students for the SAT test.

Test dates for SAT in 2023 academic year are:

  • March 11
  • May 6
  • June 3

Students wishing to sit the SAT should go to to register and get further information.

The Southport School is Test Centre Number 87361. The Test Centre Supervisors are Ms Katrina Martin and Mrs Helen McCleary who can be contacted at [email protected].

Students can register for the test online at


For those students interested in pursuing tertiary study in the USA, TSS offers the PSAT twice yearly in April and October, providing Year 10 and Year 11 test-takers with an excellent opportunity to best prepare for the SAT.  Students receive in-depth feedback on test result sub-scores, further providing critical insight on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice prior to sitting the SATs in their final year of school. The PSAT also importantly provides comparative results with that of others applying to college or university in the USA, allowing students to preview an estimate of their overall projected college readiness profile.

Additionally, the PSAT/NMSQT test offered in October automatically assesses Year 11 students with US citizenship for eligibility into the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic program which recognises and qualifies students for scholarships in the United States.

Students interested in sitting either the PSAT and/or the PSAT/NMSQT Test are asked to contact [email protected]

The next scheduled test dates are April and October 2022.

AP Examinations

Most U.S. colleges grant credit, advanced placement, or both for qualifying AP scores.

AP examinations are conducted at TSS aligned with US College Board calendared schedule for May 2023.

Please refer to the College Board website for specific examination dates.

Please contact Ms Katrina Martin or Mrs Helen McCleary at [email protected] if you have any further queries.


The ACT is a standardised online test alternative to the US College Board SAT that is used for college admissions in the USA.

The Southport School is an accredited testing centre for the ACT.

Test dates for 2022:

  • July 16
  • September 10
  • October 22
  • December 10
  • February 11 – 2023
  • April 15 – 2023
  • June 10 – 2023

Testing for the ACT is administered in the Technology Centre #27 in the above school map.

Check in is 7:30am – 7:45am. Testing commences at 8:00am.

Places are limited. To register for the ACT please visit

Please contact Ms Katrina Martin or Mrs Helen McCleary at [email protected] if you have any further queries.

What to bring to the test

On test day students should bring:

  • The printed Admission Ticket, which is required for entry to the Test Centre
  • Acceptable photo identification (see Student Registration Guide)
  • Two 2B pencils with soft erasers (no pens or mechanical pencils)
  • For Math sections/tests only: An acceptable calculator for math sections/tests only (see Student Registration Guide)
  • A watch that has no audible alarm or communication/recording capabilities
  • A bag or backpack (must be stored under the desk during testing)
  • Snacks and drinks (must be packed away during testing)
  • Extra batteries and backup equipment if needed

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