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Outstanding NIS 2022 SAT Results: More than Numbers

The Standard Aptitude Test (SAT) is a standardised test used mainly by universities in the United States but also around the world to provide useful information about how well a student is prepared for university-level coursework. As an inclusive school, we are proud of our student-centred approach that not only provides a holistic education, but also world-class learning outcomes. Just like our Class of 2022 International Baccalaureate (IB) results, NIS SAT scores for 2022 are well above global and US averages – on par with top international schools in China and around the world.

Our Secondary students in Grades 9-11 self-select to take the SAT. This year, the group accounted for over 30% of the class.

While we celebrate these achievements, we do not believe that test scores define our students or determine their destinies. At NIS, students are much more than numbers. Results can change and improve as they learn and grow. Scores inform decisions and reflect achievements, which we are proud to recognize. NIS provides many pathways and opportunities for all our students to unlock their potential and achieve success.

NIS University Counsellor Ms. Pearl Noh explains that although high SAT scores are still an important entrance factor for certain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) universities, most admissions are much more focused on well-rounded applicants. “Universities are now putting more weight on IB as an intensive qualification, rather than SAT.”

As part of the university counselling support that is integrated into our Secondary School programmes, our students are provided with SAT guidance, strategy, and study tools, including the Preliminary SAT (PSAT).

“As a university and career guidance counsellor and SAT coordinator, I help coach students with academic skills and study plans during the official family and individual meetings,” said Ms. Noh. “It’s a student-led approach that helps them better prepare and plan for study, choose test-taking timelines, confirm university requirements, and learn how to strategically use their scores for successful application in their senior year.”