CEPT Full Academic

For Prospective UArizona Students

The CEPT Full Academic test is a two-part assessment, focused on determining test-taker competence in the primary skills of Reading, Writing, and Speaking.  The test assesses overall English competence and readiness for higher education and workplace settings.

This test is now accepted by the University of Arizona for both Undergraduate and Graduate admissions. 


The test is comprised of two sub-tests:

Academic Skills test

This test is focused on the key academic skills of reading and writing, with related components assessing vocabulary knowledge and grammatical competence.

  • 2 hours (maximum)
  • computer based

Communication Skills test

Focused on speaking, this real-time online interview assesses the test-taker’s communicative competence, and ability to produce fluent, accurate English in a Q & A format. Listening comprehension is also assessed here, in considering the test-taker’s ability to understand the questions posed and respond appropriately.

  • 15 minutes
  • conducted live online (via Skype, Zoom, etc.) with experienced and trained CESL faculty

New! Total cost: $40.00 (US) 
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 


Test Procedures and Policies

  • 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$ 40 per test. CESL has a no refund policy after test payment.
  • For the Academic Skills test, the CEPT Full Academic makes use of an online exam proctoring service, Examity, to help ensure test security and score validity.  Test-takers get access to the test through Examity and are monitored (to ensure they are not using translation software, smartphones, etc.) while doing the test.
  • All test-takers should watch the following short video explaining Examity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98OStU71l7A
  • After registering for the test, Examity will contact test-takers to set up an ID and schedule a time for the computer test. Test-takers will be contacted separately about scheduling the Communication Skills test (live online, via Skype or other application). 
  • 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.
  • A CEPT Guide for test-takers is available here: https://arizona.box.com/v/CEPT-test-taker-guide
  • New! Anybody wishing to re-take the test must wait at least 14 days to do so. However, after the second attempt, test-takers must wait a minimum of 60 days before taking the test for a third time. The same time frame (i.e., 60 days) applies to subsequent attempts. 


  • 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 CEPT Full Academic test is scored out of a possible 150 points, with 50 points available for each skill section (Reading, Writing, Speaking).
  • The Graduate College requires a minimum total score of 110 for graduate-level study in University of Arizona programs. For Undergraduate Admissions, a minimum total score of 100 is required for admission. (Some departments may set a higher score. Check department guidelines.)
  • 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. 
  • All CEPT scores awarded are final and not open to appeal.