CEPT Academic

Focused on the academic skills of Reading and Writing, the CEPT Academic focuses on testing English proficiency and  readiness for University of Arizona programs and courses. 

The points below summarize the CEPT Academic test.

  • The Academic test particularly focuses on the main academic skills of Reading and Writing.  Competence in grammar and vocabulary usage are also assessed.
  • The test is administered on computer, and takes approximately 90 minutes. CEPT tests can be taken using standard computer web browsers. 
  • Online application for this test includes students uploading a passport photo or official government ID with picture.
  • The cost of the CEPT is fixed at US$ 60 per test. CESL has a no refund policy after test payment.
  • If taken with groups of students, the test must be administered and proctored in a secure location, typically at a computer lab. In such cases, and in the interests of test security and validity, CESL requires that micro-campus partners complete a Proctor’s agreement for on-site testing (i.e. Reading/Writing section). The proctor (s) checks test-taker ID’s, and ensure that no aids (e.g. cell phones, dictionaries) are being used during testing. Proctors submit testing documents (e.g. student lists, proctor signatures) prior to tests being scored.
  • In the case of individual test-takers, as ensuring the validity of test scores is of paramount importance, test-takers will agree to sign a document saying the test performance is theirs alone, and has not been aided by another individual, or other aids such as cell phones, the internet, translation software, etc. 
  • CEPT Academic testing may also make use of an online exam proctoring service contracted with UA to help ensure test security and score validity.  
  • CESL will produce an official score report for each test-taker, attesting to their overall English proficiency according to the industry-standard and most widely used proficiency scale, the CEFR Global Scale (Common European Framework of Reference). The University of Arizona (UA) requires a C1 (i.e. Proficient) level of English for graduate-level study in UA programs.
  • In the case of any plagiarism, cheating, assistance, or non-conforming with test-procedures, the test may be voided and no score report issued. The test-taker may also be prohibited from re-taking the test in the future. 

Test scheduling is typically done, informing the test taker of test date and time, within one week of application. Test-taker reports are usually issued within one week of test completion, depending on test taker numbers.

Cost: $60.00 (US) 
Testing Fees: All sales are final. The testing fee is not refundable, transferable, or deferrable.


Any questions about CEPT testing can be directed to: cesl@email.arizona.edu