• How to register for EmSAT?
  • Registration takes place in high schools and in the Ministry of Education Customer Happiness Centers. The student's original identity card must be presented.

  • Can students obtain an EmSAT Certificate from the National and International Assessments Department at the Ministry of Education after passing the admission test in public universities and colleges?
  • No, the National and International Assessments Department does not issue certificates

  • Should national students and children of local citizens register at NAPO before applying for an EmSAT test?
  • Yes. The Emirates Standard Test (EmSAT) is a prerequisite for university admission in government higher education institutions. National students and children of local citizens should open a NAPO file before registering for EmSAT tests. EmSAT results are automatically included in the students' NAPO file, which makes it easier for the students to enroll in government higher education institutions.

  • When should National Service students apply for EmSAT?
  • Students who are expected to join the National Service should apply for EmSAT before joining the service.

  • When should the student arrive at the testing center?
  • The student should arrive at least 15 minutes before the test to confirm the registration and identification process. No student will be allowed for any reason to enter the exam late.

  • How long are the tests?
  • This depends on the subject. Some subjects e.g. English, are approximately two hours long and other subjects are about 90 minutes long. These times may change slightly. For more information, please see the information for each subject on this website.

  • Is it possible to navigate between questions during the test? Is there a specific time for test sections?
  • Navigation and timing is slightly different depending on the subject.

    In English and Arabic, candidates cannot go forward or back between sections (e.g. Grammar or Reading). However, they may be able to move back or forward inside some sections. Each section is timed separately. When the time for a section is up, the next section is presented automatically. A timer on the screen shows the time remaining for each section.

    See a video which explains the timing of the test here


  • What is the required EmSAT score for admission to public and private universities, colleges and higher education institutions?
  • The student should check with the university or college to find out the required scores for admission purposes. Each institution makes its own decisions regarding entrance requirements.

  • How do students know what tests should take?
  • The table below shows the requirements for the EmSAT.
    School Types Track Types Emirati Non- Emirati
    Government Advanced

    Arabic
    English
    Physics
    Chemistry
    Mathematics
    Biology
    Computer Science

    Arabic
    English
    Physics
    Chemistry
    Mathematics
    Biology
    Computer Science

    General

    Arabic
    English
    Physics
    Mathematics
    Computer Science

    Arabic English Physics Mathematics Computer Science

    Private MoE Curriculum Advanced
    Arabic English Physics Chemistry Mathematics Biology Computer Science
    Arabic English Physics Chemistry Mathematics Biology Computer Science
    General
    Arabic English Physics Mathematics Computer Science
    Arabic English Physics Mathematics Computer Science
    Non- MoE Curriculum
    Arabic English Physics Chemistry Mathematics Biology Computer Science
    Arabic English Physics Chemistry Mathematics Biology Computer Science


  • What is the benchmark for the standard Emirates test (EmSAT)?
  • The EmSAT does not have a pass or fail mark. Institutions may require a minimum score in particular subjects for admission purposes.

  • Should students sit for all EmSAT exam subjects on the same day (e.g., Arabic, English, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry)?
  • No, it’s neither necessary nor advised to complete all EmSAT tests on the same day. Students can apply for each test individually at different times and places. Note that students must register for the English language test first before the registration for the remaining tests.

  • What papers and documents are required on the test day?
  • You must bring your original UAE ID (copies or phone photographs are not accepted), and a hard copy of the test ticket downloaded from the EmSAT website. You will NOT be allowed to take your EmSAT test(s) without these.

  • When are the EmSAT Achieve results announced?
  • The results of the EmSAT Achieve test will be announced three weeks after the test. An email will inform students that results are available online. Students will then login securely to view their results. Results are not published or shared with any site or organization and are not or sent via e-mail, so ignore any rumors or claims to the contrary.

  • Where do the EmSAT Achieve tests take place?
  • EmSAT Achieve test centers are distributed throughout the UAE. Please see the section of the test centers located on the Standard UAE Test page, or see the link below: http://emsat.moe.gov.ae/emsat/Test_Centers.aspx

  • How long are EmSAT Achieve test results valid for?
  • EmSAT Achieve results are valid for 18 months from the date the test was taken.

  • Can I get some scratch paper or make notes?
  • Test centers will provide paper on request for notes or calculation. No papers may be taken outside the test room.

  • Can Grade 12 students retake the test?
  • A second chance to retake the test may be provided, but with a different registration process. The highest score will be recorded.

  • What language is the EmSAT test in?
  • With the exception of the Arabic and English language tests, questions are in both Arabic and English.

  • Is the test mandatory for non-UAE nationals? If yes, what subjects are required?
  • All Grade 12 students who study the Ministry of Education curriculum in either public and private schools must take EmSAT English, Math, Physics, and Arabic. In addition, advanced pathway students must take Chemistry.

  • Is the test compulsory for UAE national students in private schools?
  • Yes, all UAE national students will have to register for all the required tests.

  • If a student has a high score on the IELTS or TOEFL test, does he have to apply for the EmSAT Achieve English test?
  • Yes, all 12- grade students will have to apply for the UAE Standard Language Test.

  • Can I use the calculator in the Math, Physics, and Chemistry tests?
  • A basic functional calculator is available online during the test. You can also use a simple calculator (some advanced types are not permitted). However, it is not allowed to use a calculator on your mobile phone.

  • How can I compare EmSAT test with other tests?
  • There is no pass and fail in the EmSAT test.

    In English, EmSAT scores can be compared to the IELTS bands as shown in the table below. The EmSAT test of the English language uses the domains from A1 to C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) bands as shown in the table below.

    EmSAT English CEFR and IELTS Equivalencies

    EmSAT CEFR   EmSAT IELTS Academic Track
    >2000 C2 1925-2000 8
    1625-1975 C1 1800-1900 7.5
    1250-1600 B2 1675-1775 7
    875-1225 B1 1550-1650 6.5
    500-850 A2 1400-1525 6
    125-475 A1 1250-1375 5.5
      1100-1225 5
    950-1075 4.5
    825-925 4
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  • Will the EmSAT score be calculated in grade 12th certificate score? How is the EmSAT score be calculated in grade 12 student’s result?
  • Yes, kindly note that the administration of National & International Assessment does not interested to calculate the EmSAT percentage of the student certificate, for that, the student should contact the responsible authority; which is the administration of assessment and curriculum.

  • Is it necessary for the students of grade 12 in international schools conduct the EmSAT to equalize their certificates?
  • The students should contact the administration of certificates equivalency on the e-mail : Eqn.corr@moe.gov.ae

  • Can the students replace the SAT by EmSAT? In case of the student already have SAT, is it necessary for the student to have EmSAT in order to achieve the certificate equivalency requirements?
  • The students should contact the administration of certificates equivalency on the e-mail : Eqn.corr@moe.gov.ae

  • What are the subjects that the student should choose in order to achieve the certificate equivalency requirements, and what is the required score?
  • The students should contact the administration of certificates equivalency on the e-mail : Eqn.corr@moe.gov.ae