CEPT Full Academic

For Prospective UArizona Students

Important Note to CEPT Full Academic Test-Takers:

  • The Center for English as a Second Language will be closed from Thursday, December 23rd to Sunday, January 2nd for the end-of-the-year holidays.
  • CEPT Full Academic Tests successfully completed (both sub-tests complete, no testing issues) by Friday, December 10th, will have score reports issued before closure. Others will be sent as soon as possible after return from closure.
  • The Communication Skills Test may be scheduled up until Friday, December 17th, then will resume on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022.
  • The Academic Skills Test can be taken anytime during closure, but applicants must register by 3pm (Arizona time) on Friday, December 17th.
  • New applicants can apply during University Closure, but they will not receive complete registration information until after the return from Closure.

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

This test is accepted by the University of Arizona for both Undergraduate and Graduate admissions, whether you are applying to an in-person degree in Tucson, or you are going to study online or at a micro-campus in a foreign campus.

If you have already been admitted to the University of Arizona, and you are only seeking to demonstrate your spoken proficiency in order to be considered for a graduate teaching assistant (TA) positionyou must register to take CEPT OPI, and not CEPT Full Academic. 

The test is comprised of two sub-tests:


It focuses on Speaking and consists of a real-time online interview that assesses the test-taker’s communicative competence and ability to produce fluent, accurate English in a Q&A format. Listening comprehension is also assessed, when considering the test-taker’s ability to understand the questions posed and respond appropriately.

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


Academic Skills test

It focuses on the key academic skills of Reading and Writing, with components that assess vocabulary knowledge and grammatical competence.

  • 2 hours (maximum)
  • computer based

CEPT Full Academic – Test Guide  provides a detailed description of the two sub-tests and includes sample questions. It also lists resources that you can use to prepare for the test.


NEW! Total cost: $40.00 (US) 
All sales are final. The testing fee is not refundable, transferable, or deferrable.

Test Procedures and Policies

  • The online application requires test-takers to upload a passport or another official government ID with a current, clear photo. The name and date of birth included in the ID must be readable by English speakers.
  • If there is a problem with the application, ID submitted or payment, CESL will communicate with the test-taker, who will not be able to schedule the two sub-tests until all issues are resolved.
  • Test-takers need to schedule the two parts of the CEPT Full Academic Test within one week of each other. 
  • Sponsored test-takers need to wait until CESL receives payment from the sponsor before they can schedule the two parts of the CEPT Full Academic Test.
  • For the Academic Skills Test, CESL uses Examity, an online exam proctoring service, which monitors test-takers to ensure that they are not using translation software, smartphones, etc. while taking the test.

Score Report

  • The CEPT Full Academic test is scored out of a possible 150 points, with a maximum of 50 points for each skill section (Reading, Writing, Speaking).
  • CESL will issue an Official Score Report within one week of test completion, which states the points received in each section as well as overall English proficiency according to the CEFR Global Scale (Common European Framework of Reference).
  • For Undergraduate Admissions, a minimum total score of 100 is required; however, some departments have set a higher score, so please check department guidelines. The Graduate College requires a minimum total score of 110 for any University of Arizona graduate-level program.
  • In the case of any plagiarism, cheating, assistance, or non-conforming with test procedures, the test will be voided and no score report will be issued. The test-taker may also be prohibited from re-taking the test in the future. 
  • CEPT Full Academic scores are final and not open to appeal.
  • Test-takers who wish to re-take the test must wait at least 14 days to do so from the date the test was completed. However, after the second attempt, test-takers must wait a minimum of 60 days before taking the test for a third time.
    • Please keep in mind that if the overall score you obtained in our first attempt is more than 15 points below your desired score, it is highly unlikely that your score will be satisfactory after only 14 days. In this case, CESL recommends waiting at least 60 days before your second attempt while you work on improving your English skills.  After the second attempt, you must wait 60 days before any subsequent attempts.




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