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Info for High School Students

International exams 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
    Geography 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 SAT and AP exams, which are internationally renown and increase their options when applying to universities in Finland and abroad.

It is not obligatory for students to take these tests, but many do because they prepare for entrance into international universities. Many universities all over the world accept the SAT and the AP. 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
AP = Advanced Placement program


For more information, go to the website of the organizer of these exams, the College Board: www.collegeboard.com.

What is the PSAT?

What is the SAT?

What is the AP Program/Exam?

Participating in the AP Program gives you the opportunity to take college-level courses while you’re still in high school. At the English School you’ll receive help to take the AP exams in English, languages, history, physics, calculus, chemistry, psychology and more.
AP courses teach you skills that can lead to success in college. You’ll develop the writing skills, problem-solving techniques, and study habits that will prepare you for college academics. Plus, taking rigorous AP courses demonstrates your maturity, willingness to push yourself intellectually, and commitment to academic excellence, which can help you stand out in the college admissions process. 

Advantages of AP exams

If you would like more information on how the English School prepares for these exams, please contact test coordinator Elisabeth Clement (elisabeth.clement@edu.hel.fi) for an appointment.