Bulgarian Students Admission after Grade 7

ADMISSIONS EXAM: Sunday, March 22, 2020

Open House Days for Candidates and Their Families

October 26, 2019 Saturday

Please sign up: November 9, 2019 Saturday

Please sign up: November 20, 2019 Wednesday

December 7, 2019 Saturday

January 11, 2020 Saturday

January 14, 2020 Tuesday

Open House Days Program

Saturdays - October 26, November 9 , December 7, and January 11

11:30 - 12:30   Campus tour

12:30 - 13:00   Tea break at the cafeteria

13:00 - 14:45   Info meeting about ACS and the admissions exam - America for Bulgaria Campus Center, Whitaker Auditorium

Week days - November 20 and January 14

16:00 - 16:45  Campus tour

16:45 - 17:00  Tea break at the cafeteria

17:00 - 18:45  Info meeting about ACS and the admissions exam - America for Bulgaria Campus Center, Whitaker Auditorium

Out-of-Sofia Info Meetings

WHO CAN APPLY? The American College of Sofia welcomes applicants in 7th grade who have a GPA of no less than 5.00.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for regular revisions of the ACS admissions policy. Currently, the College admits 180 students based on their admissions exam results. The top 110 boys and 110 girls are invited to enroll. The rest of the candidates are put on a reserve list. If positions are still available at the end of the enrollment process, reserve list candidates are invited based on their exam score and regardless of their gender.


THE EXAM consists of a short essay and a short answer/multiple choice test section. The test section is responsible for 4/5 of the total exam grade, while the essay stands for 1/5 of it. The exam is conducted entirely in Bulgarian and is geared to the expected academic development of seventh-graders, therefore there is no need of special preparation. ACS does not organize preparatory courses, nor have we ever authorized any organization or individual to engage in such activity.

THE ESSAY is a composition on a subject given on the day of the exam and unrelated to the Bulgarian schools’ syllabus. Candidates have thirty minutes to compose their texts. When grading, reviewers consider rhetorical skills - such as the ability to formulate a clear thesis, completeness of the text, and originality in approaching the subject- plus language skills - such as spelling, punctuation, and style. Each component is graded in points, with a maximum of 20 points given by each reviewer. The essay is checked by two reviewers and the final grade is the sum of their marks in points. In the case of a difference of 4 or more points between the two grades, the composition is checked by an arbiter.
THE TEST consists of 4 sections containing math problems, reading comprehension questions, and logic problems. Twenty-five minutes are allotted for working on each section. Some sections require candidates to write out their answers, others are in a multiple choice format. All answers are entered on a special answer sheet.

Final ranking is based solely on the total result from the essay and the test. 



Due to a generous donation by an American philanthropist, families from outside of Sofia are eligible for an additional tuition reduction. Families may apply for tuition reduction on the combined cost of tuition and housing. The amount of the tuition reduction is calculated according to the combined amount of tuition plus room and board.

Download the ACS Brochure 2018-2019 from HERE.