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.

SAT and SAT Subject Tests

The Southport School is an accredited international test centre in Australia for the United States College Board SAT and SAT Subject Tests. 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 1.00pm.

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 and SAT Subjects in 2019 academic year are:

  • March 9 (SAT)
  • May 4 (Both SAT and SAT Subject Tests)
  • June 1 (SAT Subject Tests only)
  • October 5
  • December 7

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

The Southport School is Test Centre Number 87361. The Test Centre Supervisor is Ms Katrina Martin [email protected] or alternatively contact Mrs Helen McCleary at [email protected]

Students can register for the test online at


For those who do not identify as a citizen of the USA, the April and October PSAT tests offers excellent feedback to best prepare a student for the SAT. The in depth feedback on a student’s strengths and weaknesses provides critical insight so that a student can focus on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice prior to sitting the SAT’s in their final year of school. It also importantly allows students to compare results with that of others applying to college or university in the USA.

Taking the PSAT/NMSQT test in October automatically screens for the National Merit Scholarship Program for those who are an American citizen, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships in the United States.

Students interested in sitting either the PSAT and/or the PSAT/NMSQT Test are asked to contact Ms Katrina Martin [email protected] or Mrs Helen McCleary [email protected] for further details.

The next scheduled test date is Saturday 19 October 2019 at 8.30am.

AP Examinations

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

Please refer to the College Board website for dates.

Interested applicants are asked to email directly for registration details:

[email protected]
[email protected]


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 2019:

  • June 8
  • Sept 14
  • Oct 12
  • Dec 14

Test dates for 2020:

  • Feb 8
  • Apr 4
  • June 13

Places are limited. To register for the ACT please visit

Please contact Ms Katrina Martin [email protected] or Mrs Helen McCleary [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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