Instructions for International Applicants
George School is pleased to enroll a geographically diverse student body, with current students hailing from more than forty-five different countries. Because George School does not offer a formal English as a Second Language (ESL) program, all students must enter George School with strong foundational English skills.
Before scheduling an interview, all non-native English speakers must complete an interview through DuoLingo or Vericant. We strongly suggest that applicants from Mainland China complete the Vericant process.
Information about Duolingo: This test can be completed online and includes grammar and vocabulary exercises, a brief writing sample, and a short video interview. The test can be accessed 24 hours a day and George School will receive the results from DuoLingo within two business days. To access the DuoLingo English test, please visit the DuoLingo website. There is a $49 fee associated with the assessment, paid directly to DuoLingo.
After reviewing your results, the Admission Office will determine if you are eligible for an interview either on-campus or via Zoom.
George School must receive your DuoLingo English test results by December 15, 2021 to be given priority consideration in the 2021-2022 admission cycle.
Information about Vericant: Vericant offers interviews to help assess English language ability. Vericant will conduct preliminary interviews and candidates will complete short writing samples during their visit with Vericant.
Vericant does not evaluate candidates, but rather sends all information to George School for assessment. George School then will determine which students will be offered a second interview with a member of the George School Admission Office staff.
Students must complete their Vericant appointment by December 15, 2021 to be given priority consideration in the 2021-2022 admission cycle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who must take the DuoLingo or Vericant English test?
- Students living abroad whose native language is not English
- Students who have not been primarily educated in English for the most recent five years
- All non-US citizens living in the US whose native language is not English, and who have attended a school where the primary language of instruction is English for fewer than the last five years
What if I am uncertain if I should take the DuoLingo or Vericant English test?
Please contact the Admission Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and our team will determine your individual testing need.
Do I need to take both the DuoLingo and Vericant English test?
No! We strongly suggest that students living in Mainland China complete a Vericant interview and all other non-native speakers complete DuoLingo. If you have questions about the exams, please visit their websites or contact our office at email@example.com.
What if I cannot afford the fee for the DuoLingo or Vericant English test?
Please contact the Admission Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that you will need to demonstrate financial need to obtain a fee waiver.
How will I know if I am able to schedule an interview with George School?
Within ten business days of receiving your results, the Admission Office will reach out to you via email to let you know your interview status. Please note that before we inform you of your interview status you must complete an online inquiry for George School. You may complete that inquiry here.
Will George School require the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) for Fall 2022 admission?
George School is not requiring students to submit the SSAT scores for this admission cycle. If you can taken the test, you may submit them, but they will only be used to help in course placement if you enroll. Please note that all students will complete a brief writing sample as part of the interview process in place of the SSAT writing sample. You will learn more about this process in the interview and there is no preparation needed in advance of the interview.