CAIRO, EGYPT / IOWA CITY, Iowa—The Ministry of Education in Egypt has given its official approval and recognition of the ACT® test and the ACT International Subject Tests as acceptable academic measures to be administered and used in the country, as equivalency to the Egyptian National Exam.
Students in Egypt seeking admission to universities both at home and abroad will have more opportunities to demonstrate their college readiness with the introduction of these accredited examinations. The new accreditation means that:
- Universities in Egypt will now accept scores on the ACT test and the ACT International Subject Tests for admission.
- International high schools in Egypt will administer the ACT test and the ACT International Subject Tests to students for graduation purposes.
ACT is a trusted American nonprofit organization in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in 60 years of research. Millions of students across the globe take the ACT test each year, with more than 52 percent of the 2019 US high school graduating class taking the assessment.
“We are delighted to be working with the Ministry of Education and our exclusive regional partner, ConnecME to help measure and verify learning among Egyptian students and students at American high schools in the country,” said ACT CEO Janet Godwin. “This will truly give students more choice and greater flexibility in testing. ACT’s assessments are trusted around the world to measure college and career readiness, and ACT is committed to serving international markets and helping them prepare students for success.”
ConnecME Education, ACT’s exclusive partner for the Middle East and North Africa, administers all the tests in the region. It has been instrumental in bringing the ACT to higher visibility in the area and in pursuing equivalency in Egypt. ConnecME continues its objective of assisting governments and students in increasing opportunities, and allowing students to find their best pathway to further education and employment.
In a public announcement on June 23, ConnecME Education CEO Mohammad Shadid said: “We feel honored by the trust put in us by the Ministry of Education. The ACT will help Egyptian students, as it opens more pathways for students to pursue their academic ambitions both abroad and at home in Egypt.
“We are grateful for the support and vision, from the Ministry of Education, and we share in its vision in pursuing the best interests of students in Egypt above all else. We are excited to be working directly with them in the accreditation of these tests in Egypt.”