Students in SABIS® Member Schools Earn Perfect SAT Scores

Feb 2014 #Academics

In 2013, over 2 million students in more than 170 countries took the Scholastic Aptitude Test I (SAT I) and Scholastic Aptitude Test II (SAT II). These standardized, college entrance exams were created over 80 years ago as a means to help colleges and universities identify students who possess the knowledge necessary to succeed at their institutions.

Taken by students in their junior and/or senior year of high school, SAT I is the benchmark standardized assessment for the critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills students have developed in high school  and that they need to be successful in college.  The test takes 3 hours and 45 minutes and includes an essay as well as multiple choice and short answer questions.  The results are used by many colleges and universities as one of the factors in their admissions process.

In 2013, approximately 1.6 million students took SAT I exams and nearly 500,000 students took SAT II exams. The top score possible on each section of the SAT I (critical reading, mathematics, and writing) is 800, with a highest possible total score of 2400. The highest score possible on each individual SAT II subject test is 800.  According to a report by The College Board, the average SAT I score in 2013 was 1,498 out of a possible 2,400, an average that been roughly the same for the past five years.  Less than 1% of students who take the SAT I test earn a perfect score on any of the three sections.

Equipped with a solid academic foundation and valuable experience in taking exams, several students from SABIS® member schools earned perfect scores on one of the three sections of the SAT I in the 2012-13 academic year. Twelve (12) students from ISC-Dubai, ISC-City of 6 October, and ISR Internationale Schule am Rhein in Neuss achieved a perfect score of 800 on the math section of the SAT I, joining a group of only 0.8% of all test takers around the globe to earn 800 in math. Four additional students from ISM and ISC-Dubai earned perfect scores on the SAT I Writing and the SAT I Critical Reading exams and join a prestigious group of students earning these rare results, 0.4% and 0.6%, respectively.

SAT II, or Subject Tests, are hour-long, content-based tests that measure students' knowledge and skills in particular subject areas and their ability to apply their knowledge. The tests are closely linked to the high school curriculum and have a proven track record of providing colleges with a highly reliable, objective assessment of student readiness for college-level work. There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas:  English, history, languages, mathematics, and science.

Drawing on the depth and breadth of their subject knowledge, 37 students from SABIS® member schools in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Ruwais, U.A.E.; Lahore, Pakistan; Frankfurt, Germany; Neuss, Germany; Cairo, Egypt; Erbil, Kurdistan; and Minnesota, U.S.A. earned a perfect score of 800 on the SAT II subject tests. Twenty (20) of the perfect scores were in mathematics; 5 in physics, 9 in chemistry, 2 in literature, and 1 in biology.

We are very proud of the students who achieved perfect scores on their SATs,” said Mr. Salah Ayche, SABIS® Executive Regional Director. “These students study at SABIS® member schools in completely different geographic zones. From the U.A.E. to Egypt, Germany, Kurdistan, and the U.S., the SABIS® Educational System has proven once again its success in providing a top-quality, well-rounded education to students around the world.”

SABIS® currently operates K-12 schools in both the private and public sectors in 15 countries on four continents. Regardless of the sector or geographic region, all SABIS® member schools implement the proven SABIS® Educational System, an educational program that provides a high-quality education and prepares students for successful admission to college or university.

To download the list of college and university acceptances for 2013 graduates of SABIS® member schools, visit

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