ACT/SAT Testing


NOTICE:  The Sept. 9 ACT test scheduled at NIS has been CANCELED (by the ACT).


Nagoya International School is a testing center for both the SAT and the ACT tests. Each test requires registration online directly with the SAT and the ACT, not with NIS, and the registration deadline is roughly 5 weeks prior to the scheduled test date. Students must be responsible for knowing the registration deadlines and registering on their own. Please DO NOT contact NIS directly with questions about either test. Directions to the school are located on this website, and suggestions for accommodations nearby are also below.

Please refer to the directions sent from the SAT and ACT testing companies in regards to test times. Visitors will need to wait in the upper visitor parking lot (if open), the lower parking lot (if upper parking is closed) or on the street if the school gate is not open until a test proctor arrives to open the school, usually about 30 minutes prior to scheduled test start time. Testing usually occurs in the high school rooms in the Raymond Building (near the upper parking lot). As NIS is simply a testing site, and the school is normally closed on weekends, there is usually no one on campus other than the test proctor who knows details about the test. Please contact the SAT or the ACT if you have any questions.

Students coming from out of town are asked NOT to visit the school the day before the testing. Students will be informed of the rooms to be used for testing on the morning of the test upon registration.

The dates for 2017-2018 testing are listed below. 2018-19 dates will be listed as soon as they are confirmed. The CEEB test center code for the SAT is 680330 and the ACT is 866930.


Testing Dates and Details

All testing occurs on Saturday mornings, with both the SAT and ACT tests starting from 8:00 am. The building will typically not be open until 7:15 am, and students should plan on arriving between 7:15 and or 7:30 am to allow enough time for registration. Visitors will need to wait in the parking lot or on the street if the school gate is not open.  The dates for 2017-2018 testing are listed below. The CEEB test center code for the SAT is 680330 and the ACT is 866930

SAT test dates at NIS (2017-18):
  • October 7 (SAT, SAT w/Essay & Subject Tests; Registration deadline Sept. 8)
  • November 4  (Subject Tests only; Registration deadline Oct. 5)
  • December 2  (SAT, SAT w/Essay & Subject Tests; Registration deadline Nov. 2)
  • March 10 (SAT, SAT w/Essay; Registration deadline Feb. 9)
  • May 5  (SAT, SAT w/Essay & Subject Tests; Registration deadline April 6)
  • June 2  (Subject Tests only, Registration deadline: May 3)
ACT test dates at NIS (2017-18):
  • September 9  (Registration deadline Aug. 4)  (CANCELLED)
  • October 28  (Registration deadline Sept. 22)
  • December 9  (Registration deadline Nov. 3)
  • April 14  (Registration deadline March 9)
  • June 9  (Registration deadline May 4)


What are the SAT and the ACT tests?

The SAT Reasoning Test is a widely used admissions test for U.S. colleges and universities and to some degree, Canadian colleges and universities as well. It tests students' knowledge of subjects that are necessary for college success: reading, writing, and mathematics. The SAT Reasoning Test is one of two possible academic tests that is generally required by colleges and universities for admission, the other being the ACT. 

The ACT is another U.S. college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science.  There are actually two ACT tests - the "ACT (No Writing)" test and the "ACT Plus Writing" test. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing).


What is the difference between the SAT and the ACT?

The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities. The ACT has up to five components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. The SAT has three components: Critical Reasoning, Mathematics, and a required Writing Test. Which test is best for you depends on the colleges or universities that you are interested in applying for admission. However, students and parents are reminded that the SAT and/or ACT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions, and some universities and colleges are actually moving way from requiring the SAT and/or the ACT as part of the admissions criteria.


Coming from outside Nagoya and looking for a hotel?

We recommend the Hotel Kachigawa Plaza, which is located at JR Kachigawa station along the JR Chuo line, three stops from Kozoji station, the station nearest to NIS. Take a taxi from Kozoji to NIS ("Nagoya Kokusai Gakuen").


Need Directions to NIS?

Go here for directions on how to get to NIS via train, car or bus. Please note that NIS is located in the furthest corner of Nagoya city, and not easily accesible via public transportation. We recommend students take a taxi from Kozoji station (10-15 minutes), and plan to arrive early. HOWEVER, the school is not open until 30-45 minutes before testing starts, so if you arrive too early you will need to wait in the LOWER parking lot.

Coming from the airport? You will not arrive in time for the test. From the airport, via Meitetsu train, It takes approximately 45 minutes to get to Kanayama station to catch the JR Chuo line, then another 30 minutes to Kozoji station via the JR Chuo line. Be sure you make arrangements to arrive the night before testing.


The SSAT Test

The SSAT Test (The Secondary School Admission Test) is a completely different test used for private secondary (Jr. High and Sr. High) schools (often boarding schools) admissions in the U.S., and students must register online through the SSAT as well. This test is often required for students hoping to gain entry into private secondary schools in the U.S.., and two levels are available: Lower (for students currently in grades 5-7) and Upper (for students currently in grades 8-11). The SSAT is a multiple-choice aptitude test that consists of verbal, quantitative (math) and reading comprehension sections. The verbal questions test your vocabulary, verbal reasoning, and ability to relate ideas logically. The quantitative (math) questions test your ability to solve problems involving arithmetic, elementary algebra and geometry and concepts. The reading comprehension section tests your ability to understand what you read. All tests are conducted in English. When registering, the NIS test center code is: K330.




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