at the English School
1 The Cambridge International Exams (CIE)—a new route to an international certificate at The English School High School
The English School courses follow the Finnish national curriculum for upper secondary education. When taught in English, courses also count towards Cambridge AS/A Level exams. Students can either sit individual subject exams or complete the full Advanced International Certificate of Education Diploma, also known as AICE. The AICE Diploma is acknowledged by universities worldwide, including Finland.
At the very least, students should take the AS or A Level exam in English to demonstrate their advanced English language skills.
|Mathematics and Science (Group 1)||Languages (Group 2)||Arts and Humanities (Group 3)|
|Biology AS||English Literature A/As||English Literature AS/A|
|Mathematics AS/A||French AS||Psychology AS|
|Psychology AS||History AS|
AS = 1 point
A= 2 points
6 points with one subject minimum from each group G1, G2 and G3 are needed for the AICE Diploma, but completing the whole diploma is not compulsory.
All courses at The English School count towards the upper secondary school leaving certificate (lukion päättötodistus).
2 The English School High School curriculum also prepares students to take the internationally renown SAT exam.
Many universities all over the world, especially in the U.S., accept the SAT. In Finland, the Helsinki School of Economics accepts students also on the basis of high SAT scores.
The names of the tests we help students prepare for and offer are:
PSAT = Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
SAT = Scholastic Aptitude Test
CIE = Cambridge International Exams
For more information, go to the website of the organizer of these exams, the College Board: www.collegeboard.com, and Cambridge International www.cie.org.uk
What is the PSAT?
- The PSAT prepares for the SAT. On average, students who take the PSAT earn higher scores on the SAT than those who do not. One reason: The tests have the same formats, directions, sample questions, and question types.
- If you are an American citizen, you can become eligible for scholarships if you get good scores on the PSAT.
- The PSAT takes two hours and 10 minutes.
- The PSAT is offered in Finland at the English School, usually in mid-October.
- The SAT is used for college admission, but PSAT scores are not sent to colleges.
- The English School is currently the only school in Finland that offers this exam.
What is the SAT?
- The SAT Reasoning Test is a measure of the critical thinking skills you'll need for academic success in college.
- The SAT has three scores, each on the scale of 200 to 800. Scores include writing (W 200-800), mathematics (M 200-800), and critical reading (CR 200-800). 500 on each section is the mean (average) score.
- It is administered six times a year outside the US. SAT should be taken winter/spring of second year of high school. You can take the test as many times as you want.
- The total testing time for the SAT is 3 hours and 45 minutes.
- The English School has courses to prepare for this exam and it is the only school in Finland that directly prepares students to take the SAT.
- Nearly every college in America accepts the SAT as part of its admissions process.
- Register at www.collegeboard.com to take this exam. It is offered in Finland four times a year. It is organized in Finland by the Suomi-Amerikka Yhdistysten Liitto (www.sayl.fi).
If you would like more information on how the English School prepares for these exams, please contact test coordinator Elisabeth Clement (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an appointment.