Ronak Shamdeen
Test Coordinator & school Counselor

Ronak Shamdeen is a new school counselor and examination officer who utilizes leadership, advocacy and collaborations to promote student success. Ronak has a Bachelor in English Literature with six years of administration experience in BISK-Administration.
rshamdeen@bis-kurdistan.co.uk

BISK School Counselor Collaborates With:

Parents:

Students:

Teachers:

Administrators:

Graduation and University Admission Guidance Counsellor:

List of Universities in Kurdistan Region:

Public Universities

Private Universities

BISK Test Coordinator

The BISK Test Coordinator oversees the preparation and administration of a proficiency exam, such as the SAT, IGCSE, AS and A Level along with the internal exams.

At BISK we have two systems:

The American System for grades 9-12

British/Cambridge system- for grades 9-13

Please note that students can do both IGCSE or SAT exams and apply to universities. It is recommended to use one with highest score only.

About the SAT and College board

The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board. 

https://www.collegeboard.org/
The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student’s readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays.

Cambridge International Assessment Education

At BISK our students take the following exams:

Cambridge Primary Checkpoint is designed to assess learners at the end of Cambridge Primary. It gives valuable feedback on learners’ strengths and weaknesses before they progress to the next stage of education and provides schools with an external international benchmark for learner performance.

Cambridge Secondary Checkpoint is a flexible curriculum with integrated assessment from Cambridge Assessment International Education. They are marked by Cambridge International Examinations, and provide schools with an external international benchmark for student performance.

IGCSE stands for “International General Certificate for Secondary Education”. It’s equivalent to the GCSE, meaning it prepares the student for A-levels. It’s (normally) taken between Years 9 and 10.

Students should have minimum of five IGCSE in order to move to next level.

AS (Advanced Subsidiary) & A (Advanced) level qualifications focus on traditional study skills. They normally take two years to complete full-time in school. Students should have a minimum of three subjects in order to get A level qualification.

CIE exams start in May /June and the retakes start in October /November
https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/

The main requirements to be admitted into a local or international university for any option are to:

Grading Systems:

Grading is provided after every assessment

Grades 1-11 have three end of term assessments.  

Grade 12-13 have two end of term assessments.

American Grading System

British Grading System

Ministry Requirement for university