National Admissions and Placement Office (NAPO)
The Common Educational Proficiency Assessment (CEPA) consists of two tests, an English
test and a Math test. CEPA-English is one of the important requirements for admission.
If you apply through the National Admissions and Placement Office (NAPO) to study
at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), the Higher Colleges of Technology
(HCT), Zayed University (ZU), Institute of Applied Technology (IAT), Abu Dhabi Vocational
Education and Training Institute (ADVETI), Emirates College for Advanced Education
(ECAE) or for Ministry scholarships to study abroad, you will be required to take
CEPA-English. If you do not sit for the exam, your application to the higher education
institutions will not be given consideration. Students with a high CEPA-English
score may be eligible to enter an academic program directly, without the need for
a foundation program in English.
Your score on CEPA-English will be recorded in your electronic application for higher
education at NAPO. The results will be used to place you into an appropriate level
of study for English.
Please refer to the student portal for the exam dates. Shortly before the exam,
you will receive a letter from NAPO explaining where and when you should attend
In the academic year 2013/2014, CEPA-Math will be used for placement at some institutions.
After being admitted, students at the relevant institutions will be contacted by
their colleges and informed about the exam date and venue.
1. CEPA Dates
CEPA Challenge and CEPA practice tests
For further information on CEPA, please visit the MOHESR website.