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Undergraduate Study Admissions Exams

The majority of university applications require applicants to take a standardized test, either the SAT or ACT.

Please note that EducationUSA is not a testing center. You must book your exams directly with the test organization.



The SAT is a standardized test that measures critical thinking skills. It has three sections: Reading, Writing, and Math. Each section is scored between 200 and 800, for a maximum total of 2400. The test takes three hours and forty-five minutes to complete.

To register for the exam, please visit There is a fee to take this test and for the most up-to-date costs, please see the College Board website.

The exam is offered six times a year in up to three locations in Ireland:

  •  St. Conleth’s College, Ballsbridge, Co. Dublin
  • St. Andrew’s College, Booterstown, Co. Dublin

It is strongly recommended that students study for the SAT and there are a number of free tools available on the College Board website. St. Conleth’s College also offers the PSAT, which is the practice SAT that Fourth Year students can take. The PSAT is not required for admission to college but can be helpful in preparing students for the actual SAT exam.

 SAT Subject Tests

Some institutions will require the SAT Subject Tests, which are specialized exams in certain topics, such as Biology, French, or Literature (among many others). Not all tests are offered on each date, so please see for more details.


The ACT is another standardized test that is available to students applying to college in America. Dublin City University is the ACT test centre in Ireland.

The ACT tests students in English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. There is also an optional Writing section, which many competitive universities will require. The length of the exam is two hours and fifty-five minutes, plus the optional thirty minute writing portion.

For more information on the ACT, including test dates, fees, please see:


If you stopped your education early and did not complete your Leaving Certificate many universities will require that you take the GED, the General Educational Development test.

This test is used to demonstrate high school (secondary school) equivalency. The exam is offered in two seven hour parts that test Language Arts/Writing, Language Arts/Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. Scores range from 200-800 for each section.

Please note that this exam is not required if you have already successfully completed your Leaving Certificate.

The exam is offered in two locations in Dublin. For more information please see: