Standardized Testing

Standard Tests

The SAT 10, PSAT, SAT I, SAT II, and ACT exams are offered on the Dhahran High School campus.

  • MAP: All 9th and 10th grade students take the MAP Test in September and May.
  • PSAT: All 10th and 11th Grade Students take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in October.
  • ACT: The American College Test (ACT) is offered twice a year to students in their junior or senior years. The ACT is a subject-based college entrance exam accepted by many colleges and universities in the United States. Students register and pay for these exams at

Important Update:  DHS is no longer a test center for the ACT test.  ACT has contracted a third party to manage ACT testing in the region. The office no longer can support DHS as a ‘closed test center’ which means that we only test DHS and other ISG students; the regional ACT office would prefer us to be an open public test center which we cannot do. At this time, students who plan to take the ACT can visit the website to learn more on when and where they can register to take the test.


  • SAT Exams: SAT exams are offered to students at various dates during their junior and senior years. Students often take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) and the subject area Scholastic Aptitude Test II (SAT II) in the spring of their junior year and/or fall of their senior year. Students should plan to take the subject area tests if they are required by the colleges and universities to which they would like to apply. Students register and pay for these exams at


SAT I & II Dates 

  • August 29, 2020

  • October 3, 2020 

  • December 5, 2020  

  • May 8, 2021


  • September 26, 2020
  • November 7, 2020
  • March 13, 2021


  • June 5, 2021


NOTE: Students need to register on-line for the above tests 3 – 4 months prior to the test dates

College and University Requirements

It is the responsibility of each student to make sure that his or her academic plan for high school will meet the requirements for entrance into the college or university of his or her choice. Some programs may have additional requirements. Most American colleges and universities require that students graduate from an accredited or approved high school. Dhahran High School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the six major U.S. accreditation agencies.


International students should plan to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL is required of international students and students for whom English is a second language who are applying to colleges and universities in the United States, Great Britain, or other countries where the college/university language of instruction is English. The TOEFL is offered at different sites for men and women. More information is available online at


IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe. IELTS tests all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. The Speaking test is a face-to-face interview with a certified Examiner. IELTS is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules but different Reading and Writing modules.