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HBKU Test Center

HBKU Test Center

As one of the largest test centers in Qatar, the HBKU Test Center offers several types of international standardized tests, serving more than 5000 students across Qatar and the region.

The HBKU Test Center offers guidance and awareness sessions for students, parents, and school administrators. These sessions provide an opportunity to discuss the tests, the importance of testing in relation to university admissions, and the testing registration process.

Preparing for Standardized Tests

Standardized tests are a part of most universities’ admissions processes for all students. The best way to succeed is to practice as early and as often as possible. College Board has teamed up with Khan Academy to offer free online practice for the new redesigned SAT. Please refer to the website www.collegeboard.com for more details.

Some tips to keep in mind as you prepare:

  • The exams test skills and basic knowledge, so cramming your studying into a week or a few days before the test will not help you.
  • To achieve the best results, you will need to build up your skills by studying and preparing early for the exams.
  • Search your local bookstores and online for books that offer practice tests similar to the real exam.
  • Visit the official website of the exam administrator for tips, advice, and practice questions. 

Here are the official websites to help you start your preparation: 

  1. ACT http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/index.html
  2. SAT http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice
  3. TOEFL http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/prepare/
  4. IELTS http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/how_do_i_prepare.aspx
  5. GRE http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/?WT.ac=grehome_greprepare_b_150213  
  6. LSAT http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/preparing-for-the-lsat


Standardized Tests for University Admission

Many universities and colleges across the globe have rigorous admissions processes that include standardized testing. The following section gives a snapshot of the standardized tests administered by the HBKU Test Center.

What test Should I Take ? 

  • Grade 11 or 12
    Students should take the ACT, SAT, TOEFL and IELTS exams,

  • Postgraduate
    Students should take the GRE, LSAT, TOEFL and IELTS exams.


Undergraduate Tests for University Admission

SAT and SAT Subject Tests


The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that provides university admissions offices with information about how students think, solve problems, and communicate.

The new SAT includes a Reading Test, Writing and Language Test, and a Math Test.
The SAT has an optional essay component.

  • This exam is administered by the College Board and is taken by students in Grades 11 and 12
  • It tests students in:


Evidence-Based Math Essay
Evidence-Based : (Reading and Writing) Math : (The Math Test is divided into two portions) Essay : (optional)
Evidence-Based : Reading Test Math : Math Test – Calculator Essay : -
Evidence-Based : Writing and Language Test Math : Math Test – (No Calculator) Essay : -



  • Duration: 3 hours and 50 minutes for SAT with essay, excluding breaks

No Penalty for Guessing

On the new SAT, you simply earn points for the questions you answer correctly.
So go ahead and give your best answer to every question — there’s no advantage to leaving them blank.


SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests are content based and allow you to showcase achievement in the specific subject areas in which you excel.

  • Duration: one hour
  • Made up of 20 SAT Subject Tests in 5 general subject areas: English, history, languages, math, and sciences.
  • You may take up to 3 Subject Tests on the same day.

Please note that you are not allowed to take the SAT and SAT Subject Test on the same day.

SAT and SAT Subject Test Registration

  • Register online for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests at: http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-international-dates
  • You must create an online profile, select your preferred test date (from the dates available), and pay the registration fee using a credit card as the payment goes directly to the College Board. 

We encourage you to register as early as possible as spaces are limited.


ACT International and Residual

ACT international

ACT is moving away from paper testing to a computer-based format in order to provide students with more opportunities to test and provide scores in a quicker manner.

It is important to note that the only difference between the computer-based ACT and the paper version will be the administration format. The ACT test itself will not change. Scores will mean the same thing and will continue to use the familiar 1–36 scale.

ACT test prep:


ACT Residual

  • Scores for this exam are only accepted at Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and Hamad Bin Khalifa University.

English Language Tests

Internet-based Test (IBT) TOEFL

Internet-based Test (IBT) TOEFL

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an internet based test that measures university-level English language comprehension and communication skills. The IBT TOEFL assesses how well students combine listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills to perform academic tasks.

Registration for IBT TOEFL 

  • Register online for the IBT TOEFL at www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/register/
  • You will be asked to create an online profile, select your preferred test date (from the dates available), and pay the registration fee using a credit card as payment goes directly to ETS, the test company
  • Registration closes 7 days prior to the test date

We encourage you to register as early as possible as spaces are limited.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test for higher education and global migration. Over 2.5 million IELTS tests were taken in the last year. IELTS scores are accepted by over 9,000 organizations worldwide, including universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.
  • IELTS is designed by experts to fairly assess the language ability of candidates who want to study or work where English is the language of communication.

There are two versions of IELTS to choose from:

  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS General Training

The type of test you should take will depend on whether you want to study, work, or migrate. Both modules includes four parts – listening, reading, writing and speaking. Results are graded on the unique IELTS 9 band scale.
If you want to live, work or study in the UK you might need IELTS for UKVI.
‘IELTS for UKVI’ is a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).
This means that IELTS can be used to prove your English language abilities in support
of a UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. IELTS is approved by the UK Government for your UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application. It is accepted as proof of your English language ability by Universities, colleges and business organizations. Whatever your plans for life in the UK, IELTS is the test you need. For more information please visit http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/ielts-ukvi.

Benefits of taking IELTS with the British Council

On registering for the IELTS test candidates are entitled to free access to Road to IELTS a 30 hour online resource to help you prepare better. In addition, you also receive:

  • Friendly, helpful and highly professional staff
  • IELTS preparation courses to help you achieve your goals
  • Unrivalled availability of IELTS test dates
  • IELTS Word Power App – on iOS and Android
  • Expert advice on how to prepare for the test
  • Facebook updates on preparation
  • Free online IELTS sample material
  • Online booking and payment
  • Separate testing rooms for male and female candidates
  • Wireless headset for the listening test
  • Results on the 12th day*

Register for IELTS at http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/

For the online registration system visit:

For details of the steps required for registration, please refer to the above link or www.britishcouncil.org/qatar-exams-ielts-ht


For more information contact:

British Council, 99 Al Sadd Street,
PO Box 2992, Doha, Qatar
Tel: +974 4425 1888
Website: http://www.britishcouncil.qa

Graduate Tests for University Admission

Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)


The LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that can be used by law schools as one of several factors in assessing applicants to their academic programs. It is administered by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), based in the United States.

The LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.

Test Format

The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker’s score. The unscored section typically is used to pre-test new test questions or to preequate new test forms. The placement of this section will vary. Identification of the unscored section is not available until you receive your score report. The total testing time is around 7 hours.

Register online for the LSAT at: http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/test-dates-deadlines

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GRE test scores are used by university admissions offices as a proven measure of applicants’ readiness for graduate-level work and their potential for success.

The GRE Revised General Test

The GRE Revised General Test plays a vital role in the admissions process for graduate and business school programs around the world. The test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills. The total testing time is around 3 hours and 45 minutes.

What skills does the GRE measure?

The Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse, understand multiple levels of meaning, select important points and understand the meanings of sentences and entire texts.

The Quantitative Reasoning section measures your ability to interpret and analyze quantitative information and use mathematical skills such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics to solve problems.

The Analytical Writing section measures your ability to sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion, articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively, support your ideas with relevant examples, and examine claims and accompanying evidence.

The GRE Subject Tests

The GRE Subject Tests gauge undergraduate achievement in specific fields of study and can help predict a candidate’s success in graduate school.

For more information about GRE and GRE Subject Tests, please refer to the GRE website: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/



Register SAT : Online ACT : Online ACT-R : HBKU and Partner Universities TOEFL : Online
Deadline SAT : A little over a month before test ACT : A little over a month before test ACT-R : One week before test TOEFL : One week before test
Waitlist Registration SAT : With fee. Open for 6-13 days after deadline ACT : With fee. Open for 6-13 days after deadline ACT-R : Not available TOEFL : Not available
Standby Testing SAT : Not available ACT : Not available ACT-R : Not available TOEFL : Not available


Register IELTS : Online GRE : Online LSAT : Online
Deadline IELTS : Two weeks before test GRE : A little over one month LSAT : A little over one month before test
Waitlist Registration IELTS : Late registration two weeks before test date if seats are available GRE : Not available LSAT : Late registration 3 weeks before test date with extra charge and only if seats are available
Standby Testing IELTS : Not available GRE : Not available LSAT : Not available for candidates testing outside the US

Exam Score Rangers

Exam Score Range ( each section)
Exam : SAT Score Range : 200-800
Exam : ACT International & Residual Score Range : 1-36
Exam : TOEFL Score Range : 0-30
Exam : IELTS Score Range : 1-9
Exam : GRE Score Range : 130-170 for Verbal & Quantitative Reasoning 0-6 Analytical Writing
Exam : LSAT Score Range : 120-180

On your Test Day

Make sure to print out your admission ticket that confirms your place at the exam. You can find it by logging on to your account on the ACT International, SAT, IBT TOEFL, GRE, or LSAT website.
Remember: for the ACT and SAT, no admission ticket = no admission to the test.

  • If you are taking the ACT Residual exam, you will receive a confirmation email from the testing supervisor at the HBKU Test Center. If you do not receive this email, contact the university with which you registered.
  • You must bring your original government issued ID with you on test day or you will not be admitted to the test. Please consult the official website of the exam you’ll be participating in to learn of the ID requirements. Photocopies and scanned copies will NOT be accepted.
  • You must arrive on time to the test as latecomers will not be admitted.
  • For the math sections of the SAT, ACT International, and ACT Residual, you are permitted to bring a calculator. However, you are NOT allowed to use a calculator for GRE or LSAT.
  • Water and snacks are permitted and can be consumed during the break.
  • Mobile phones are strictly prohibited in exam halls and during breaks.