Key Testing Dates 

Here are some key dates and deadlines (both external and internal) that you need to be aware of and a brief explanation of what they are:

American College Test - The ACT test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.

@ICS on 22 October 2011 with a deadline for registering of 16 September
@ICS on 10 December 2011 with a deadline for registering of 4 November

Scholastic Achievement Test I - The SAT Reasoning Test is a standardized test that assesses the critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills that students need to be successful in college.

Scholastic Achievement Test II - An SAT II test is shorter than the standard SAT and is focused on a specific subject. Some US colleges and universities request an SAT II test score in addition to the SAT I.

@ICS on 1 October 2011 with a deadline for registering by 9 September
@ICS on 5 November 2011 with a deadline for registering by 7 October
@ICS on 3 December 2011 with a deadline for registering by 8 November
@ICS on 28 January 2012 with a deadline for registering by 30 December
@ICS on 5 May 2012 with a deadline for registering by 6 April
@ICS on 2 June 2012 with a deadline for registering by 8 May

Early Decision (ED) - Early decision plans are binding. You agree to attend the college if it accepts you and offers an adequate financial aid package. Although you can apply to only one college for early decision, you may apply to other colleges through the regular admission process. If you're accepted by your first-choice college early, you must withdraw all other applications.

Early Action (EA) - Early action plans are similar to early decision plans, but are not binding. If you’ve been accepted, you can choose to commit to the college immediately, or wait until the spring. Under these plans, you may also apply early action to other colleges. Usually, you have until the late spring to let the college know your decision

These deadlines vary from university to university, but pay close attention to our own internal - ICS Counseling Office - set deadlines:

If your school’s ED/EA deadline is 1 October - our deadline for having all materials submitted to our office is 15 September
If your school’s ED/EA deadline is 15 October - our deadline for having all materials submitted to our office is 1 October
If your school’s ED/EA deadline is 1 November- our deadline for having all materials submitted to our office is 15 October
If your school’s ED/EA deadline is 15 November - our deadline for having all materials submitted to our office is 1 November

Regular Decision Applications (RD) to the US, UK and Canada:

The deadline for the High School Counseling Office to receive these items is 1 December 2011.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (or TOEFL, pronounced "toe-full") evaluates the ability of an individual to use and understand English in an academic setting. It is sometimes is an admission requirement for non-native English speakers at many English-speaking colleges and universities.

To register for the TOEFL test you must register online - www.toefl.org. We are NOT a test center for TOEFL, however there are numerous test centers in Addis.

The International English Language Testing System or IELTS, is an international standardized test of English language proficiency. It is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the British Council and IDP Education Pty Ltd, and was established in 1989. The test is more geared towards students heading to the UK, Australia or New Zealand.

To register for the IELTS test you must register online - www.ielts.org. We are NOT a test center for IELTS. This test is taken at the British High Commission.

For all other colleges in countries not listed above, please refer to their guidelines and inform Genet and I in the office well in advance of those deadlines.