College Advice

College Advice for Middle and High School Students

No matter what you dream of doing with your future, preparing yourself for your education and life after high school is important.

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You can explore careers and majors, create a plan, and search for colleges through BigFuture on College Board:

Senior Timeline:

October-December Tasks

During your senior year, you will finalize your college choice. This year is filled with admission applications, college essays, scholarship and financial aid information, and the need to meet deadlines. Throughout your senior year, continue to build your resume by achieving academic success, as well as participating in extra-curricular activities. Colleges are very interested in well-rounded students. The college preparation that takes place during your senior year is filled with a lot of details and paperwork. It is very important that you involve your parents with this process.

January-June Tasks

Unless you have submitted an early application, this is the time to work hard at completing your college essays. Proofread them rigorously for mistakes. Check out the following links: 8 Tips for Crafting Your Best College Essays ( and Tips for Writing an Effective Application Essay (

EST Test Information

The Egyptian Scholastic Test (EST I) is currently the only entrance exam accepted by Egyptian public and national universities.  It is also required by all private universities that follow the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education (such as GUC, BUE, MIU, New Giza, …).

EST II is a subject-based test required by some colleges.  Students choose two subject tests from the following:  Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Biology, Chemistry, Physics.  The choice of subject test to take depends on the field of study they plan to pursue.

University Major/Faculty Required EST II Test




Veterinary Medicine


2 subjects required:


+ one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics 1 or Mathematics 2


Information Technology


Fine Arts, Architecture section

Urban Planning

2 subjects required:

Mathematics 1

+ one of the following: Physics, Chemistry or Biology


EST Structure            



Register and prepare for the EST at this link:

ACT Test Information

The ACT is accepted by some universities in Egypt (AUC and others), all colleges and universities in the United States and more than 200 universities around the world. The test takes approximately 3 hours and 35 minutes to complete. Including a short break.



ACT consists of:

ACT composite score ranges between 1-36, which is the average of the four test scores, not including the writing. ACT writing scores, which is optional, ranges between 2-12.

You can send your scores to up to four universities at no additional cost.

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You can prepare for the ACT test for free through ACT Academy:

Free practice tests can also be found at this link:

Information about the ACT subject tests can be found at this link: