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Testing Services for Individuals

SCE's Evaluation Testing and Assessment Department (ETAD) offers English and Arabic language proficiency tests. The scores obtained from these tests are used for placement decisions of learners in the programs of the School of Continuing Education (SCE), Graduate School of Education and School of Business (Executive Education). The scores can also be used for additional purposes such as occupational appointments, promotion, travel abroad and scholarships.

Standardized English Proficiency Test (SEPT)

The Standardized English Proficiency Test (SEPT) is a test that is based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) which is an international benchmark used to describe language ability. SEPT is designed to measure the communicative language ability of individuals for whom English is a second or foreign language. 

The scores obtained for SEPT are used for placement decisions of learners into the different levels of SCE CEFR-aligned English Language Program, Graduate School of Education and School of Business (Executive Education) programs. The scores can also be used for additional purposes such as occupational appointments, promotion, travel abroad and scholarships.

Three language skills are covered by this test: listening, reading and writing. These skills address four main contexts of language use as defined by the CEFR, namely personal, social, occupational and educational. 

SEPT is a paper-and-pencil test that takes two hours and 45 minutes to complete. The test is divided into three parts: Listening (45 minutes), Reading (60 minutes) and Writing (60 minutes). The first two sections, Listening and Reading, consist of multiple-choice questions (MCQs), while the third one includes essay-writing tasks. 

The listening part focuses on the understanding of fluent speakers’ interaction and listening to announcements and instructions as well as listening as a member of a live audience.  The reading part focuses on reading correspondence and instructions as well as reading for information, argument and orientation. The writing part focuses on creative and imaginative writing, writing personal or business letters and writing reports and essays. 

You can download the SEPT information document here. The SEPT information document shows what the test looks like, how to answer during the test, what to bring on the test day, actions that cancel the SEPT score and other information related to the SEPT registration, location, scores and results.

Oral Standardized English Proficiency Test (Oral SEPT)

Oral SEPT is designed to measure the speaking proficiency of individuals for whom English is a second or foreign language. The scores obtained from Oral SEPT are used for placement decisions of learners into the different levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)-aligned English Language conversation program or other oral communication programs. The scores can also be used for additional purposes such as occupational appointments, promotion, travel abroad and scholarships.

Oral SEPT takes approximately 15-20 minutes. It adopts a direct format where two candidates are assessed by two speaking examiners. 

It includes five tasks that are organized from easy to challenging. The tasks include: factual and personal-based questions; the second task includes experience-based questions; the third task is pictures-based descriptions; the fourth task is a prompt-based presentation; and, finally, the fifth one is a prompt-based debate.

You can download the Oral SEPT information document here. The Oral SEPT information document shows what the test looks like, how to answer during the test, what to bring on the test day, actions that cancel the Oral SEPT score and other information related to the Oral SEPT registration, location, scores and results.

Arabic Proficiency Test

The Arabic Proficiency Test (APT) is a test that is designed to assess learners' proficiency in the standard Arabic language. It focuses mainly on Arabic vocabulary, grammar, structure and writing. 

The scores obtained from APT are used for placement decisions of learners in SCE translation programs.

In APT, a learner is required to answer 100 questions in 90 minutes. APT scores are valid for one (1) year.

For more information, please download the APT test format.

Proficiency Test in Modern Standard Arabic (PTMSA)

PTSMA is a test that is designed to assess learners' proficiency in the modern standard Arabic language. It focuses mainly on modern Arabic vocabulary, grammar, structure and writing. 

The scores obtained from PTMSA are used for placement decisions of learners in SCE teacher training programs.

In PTMSA, a learner is required to answer 100 questions in 90 minutes. PTMSA scores are valid for one year for native Arabic language speakers and three years for non-native Arabic language speakers.
 

Items to bring on the day of the test

Photo ID (passport, national ID card, driver's license)
• Two soft lead pencils
• An eraser

For Information about test schedules, you can access the schedules online by following the below instructions:

  1. Visit home and select “online schedule” click on “Links and Services”
  2. Select the desired term from the pull down menu and click “Submit”
  3.  From the “Class Schedule Search," please scroll down the available menu, and select the desired test beginning with “SCE – Test …” and finally click “Class search."

You can also visit the Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) office information desk at the following locations to review the schedules and register for the tests.

  • AUC Tahrir Square Campus: 24 El Falaki Street, Bab El Louk, Cairo, Egypt.
  • AUC New Cairo Campus: Dr. and Mrs. Elias Hebeka Building, Entrance Gate 1 (Visitors Gate), New Cairo, Egypt.
    Working Hours from Sunday to Thursday (8:30 am - 3:00 pm) and (8:30 am - 2:00 pm) during Ramadan 

See also: Frequently Asked Questions

 For information about fees, click here.  

 


etad@aucegypt.edu
tel 20.2.2797.6419 - 2615.1465 
 
Sunday - Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm