Hills International College is an accredited testing centre for the Japanese STEP (Society for Testing English Proficiency) test as well as for the United States SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) – Hills International College School Code 700819

Reasons for taking the SAT
This test is for students who are interested in studying in America. Many of our golf students would like to further their golf careers and academic pursuits in the United States. Indeed several of our past students are already studying there on full scholarships as a result of their golfing proficiency and results obtained in taking the SAT. Our non-golfing Chinese students have also expressed an interest in the SAT as a means to try to gain entry to US colleges. Any students (golfers or non-golfers – Australian or International) who wish to try for a scholarship in American colleges should take this test and also attend the preparation classes mentioned below.

What is the SAT?
The SAT is a 3 hour and 45 minute test that measures critical thinking, mathematical reasoning and writing skills that students need to do college level work. More information, including planning, searching and applying for colleges; financial aid; and practice questions is available at the CollegeBoard website www.collegeboard.orgTypically Year 11 (end of school year) and Year 12 (beginning of school year) take the SAT.


In order to take the SAT exam, students must first create a free account on collegeboard.org with their name and a password. Once the account is created students can register to take the exam. Students will be asked for the school code (700819) and will need to choose a test centre location (Hills International College test centre number is 87-238). The exam fee is paid by credit card at the time of registration. Once a student has created this free account, CollegeBoard will send updated information, reminders for registration dates, etc. to the student’s email.

STEP (Society for Testing English Proficiency) Test– Hills International College Testing Centre Code: 9901-43855300

The STEP test lasts for an average of 2 hours, depending on its test levels and measures 4 skills with a compulsory speaking test. The test is ranked in 7 levels: Level 5, 4, 3, Pre 2, 2, Pre 1 and 1, 1 being the highest level.  The Society was established in 1963 in cooperation with the Japanese Education Ministry, and currently administers tests for 2.5 million examinees annually in Japan and overseas. Recently a growing number of universities in Japan and some overseas institutions recognise the test results as part of their admission qualification.

The test is offered three times a year: in January, April and October. In order to take the STEP exam, students must first register with one of the accredited testing centres prior to the closing date for each test. Hills International College is one of the testing centres designed mainly for Japanese students living in Queensland. Candidates may apply for the test by phoning the school office ( 07 5546 0667) or emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.