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February 9, 2014

HBKU Encourages Students to Prepare for University with Standardized Test Competition

Share bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has announced its intent to hold a university testing competition for students in grades 8, 9 and 10 in Qatar.

This initiative is meant to encourage students to be more prepared for university admissions testing and give them a competitive edge when going through the admission process.

The competition will be surrounding the commonly taken standardized university admissions tests: the PSSS, which prepares students in Grade 10 for the SAT; and the PLAN test, which prepares students for the ACT test. There is also a competition for the Explore test, which is aimed at preparing students in Grades 8 and 9 for the ACT test.

Faisal Al Janahi, Testing Coordinator at HBKU said: “Early tests are the best way for students to start preparing for the ACT and SAT admission tests. In addition to becoming more comfortable with the idea of taking a standardized test, students will receive very detailed feedback from the test company on their strengths and also on areas where they need to improve.”

HBKU has also developed a competition for those students who rise to the challenge set forth. They have identified several categories in which students will compete via their test results. Those who score the highest will be recognized with a certificate of achievement, prizes, and their names in the local papers.

HBKU also offers high school students sessions, workshops and programs to provide awareness about majors offered at the various partner universities and also to support students in preparing for admission.

The first practice exam will be on Saturday, 15 February, with tests being held approximately every two weeks at the HBKU Student Center. Students should register early as all exams are held on a first come, first serve basis.

To register for a test, please visit the following link:

For more information, please call +974 4454 3032 or email