CEPT Full Academic

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 points below summarize the key features of the CEPT Full Academic test. 

  • The test is comprised of two sub-tests, as follows:

    1. Academic Skills test – focused on the key academic skills of Reading and Writing, with related components assessing vocabulary knowledge, and grammatical competence. The Academic Skills test is computer based, and  takes 90 minutes to complete.

    2. 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 an Q & A format. Listening comprehension is also assessed here,  in considering the test-taker’s ability to understand the questions posed, and respond appropriately. The Communication Skills test takes approximately 15 minutes, and is conducted live online (via Skype, Zoom, etc.) with experienced and trained CESL faculty

  • 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$ 120 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). 
  • 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
  • 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. 

A CEPT Guide for test takers is available herehttps://arizona.box.com/s/m9dlhu7bdg64db0okchwf1syt8cjg4tq

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.

Anybody wishing to re-take the test must wait at least three months to do so. This policy is based on test-takers re-taking the test in a short period of time and getting the same/similiar test score. 

Cost: $120.00 (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