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We offer a specialised Careers and College Counselling Programme to help our students decide on a path that’s right for them.

The International School of Western Australia’s students gain successful entry into top universities globally. More information about academic institutions our alumni have attended can be found in our School Profile.

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Careers and College Counselling

Thinking about university life and the future is an enjoyable and exciting experience, but university applications can also be a complicated, demanding, and time-consuming process. Secondary School students at the International School of Western Australia also have access to our Careers and College Counsellor, Ms Laura Nicholson. Ms Nicholson works one-to-one with students and parents to empower our students to develop the confidence and skills to make important choices for their future. This personalised experience includes:

  • Careers diagnostic testing
  • University research
  • Access to global education and job trend data
  • Application workshops
  • Students and family interviews
  • Personalised transcript preparation
  • Individualised letters of recommendation
  • Application support (including individual country and university application portals and processes)
  • College essay writing support
  • ISWA is a PSAT, SAT and ACT test centre
  • External specialist providers provided at no cost to families– US, UK, Australia (internal)
  • The global application platform, BridgeU is used as a central planning and application portal

The ongoing help and support provided in this role ensures the best possible post-secondary options for each individual student as they pursue their future pathways throughout the world.

College Admissions Tests


The SAT is a standardised test widely used for college admissions in the United States. Most colleges require SAT scores because the results are the only common comparison they have between students coming from a variety of schools and backgrounds. For students going to the USA or Canada, SATs (or the similar ACT test) are required by almost all universities. Non-USA students applying from schools may be required to submit SAT scores if applying to universities in their home countries. The PSAT is encouraged as a practice SAT. Online practice materials are available on the Khan Academy website

More information available at:   

ISWA test dates:

 Saturday 4th May 2019

Saturday 5th October 2019

Saturday 2nd May 2020

Register via the U.S. College Board website above. ISWA Test Venue Code: 87 334


The Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test follows the SAT format (with verbal, math, and writing sections) is a formalised practice test for the SAT and gives an early indication of likely future SAT scores. Colleges will never receive PSAT scores; only students, parents and the school will be able to view them.

More information available at:   

ISWA test date (ISWA students only): Wednesday 9 October 2019, from 8.35am-12.25pm.

Register via the Careers and College Counsellor, Ms Laura Nicholson 


The ACT is a college admissions test similar to the SAT. While it used to be that colleges preferred one or the other, all colleges now accept either test. The ACT test consists of four sections: English, Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, and Science Reasoning. While most students earn equivalent scores on the ACT and the SAT, some students do better on the ACT than the SAT or vice versa. Practice materials are available via

More information available at: Register directly via the ACT website above. ISWA test venue code: 87 1300

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