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University Admission Tests in Saudi Arabia

Students in order to gain admittance into the universities in Saudi Arabia must take the required university admission test. National Center for Assessment in Higher Education (QIYAS) organizes university admission tests in Saudi Arabia.

General Aptitude Test (GAT) (Qudrat)

The general aptitude test assesses the students’ deductive, logical and critical thinking skills. The test measures the learning abilities of the students in general. It measures learning capacities applicable to: 
Finding out logical relations, problem-solving approach based on the basic mathematical concepts, reading comprehension, and inference/deduction skills. 

GAT Structure

The general aptitude test has 2 sections:
  • Verbal
  • Quantitative

Verbal Section

The verbal section comprises of four parts:
  • Reading comprehension: In this part, candidates are required to understand and analyze the reading passage and answer the questions given.
  • Sentence completion: In this part, candidates are required to complete the sentences by filling in the missing section in the text.
  • Verbal analogy: This part requires the candidate to match the relationship existing between a pair of words given at the starting of the question and a pair given in the choices.
  • Synonymy: In this part, candidates are required to give a synonym that matches the meaning of the word given.

Quantitative Section

This section consists of mathematical problems of general secondary school humanities and science majors. This section tests the problem-solving and inference skills of the candidates. 
  • For science major: The quantitative section questions are from the following area (along with distribution):  
    • Arithmetic: 40% questions are from this area
    • Geometry: 24% questions
    • Algebraic: 23% questions
    • Statistic and analytical: 13% are statistics and analytical questions
  • For humanities major: The general aptitude test comprises of 30 questions on:
    • Geometry
    • Arithmetic
    • Mathematical analysis

Test Duration

2.5 hours; and is divided on 25-minute break for each of the 6 test parts.

Scoring

The general aptitude test is a 100-point test.

  • Score 81 and above are represented as Top 5%
  • Students who score between 78 and above get the position in Top 10%
  • Score 73 and above are Top 20%
  • Students who score between 70 and above are in Top 30%
  • Students who score between 61-65 are indicates as the average
  • Score 60 and below represents the Lowest 30%

Results

Machines check the answer sheet. GAT scores are announced on the centers’ website. Candidate can check the results on the official website of the centre or through an SMS, if they have registered for the messaging service. 
Results are electronically sent to higher education institutions. Candidates who have taken the test more than one time, for them the highest score is sent to the institution.  Position is given to the candidates on the basis of scores obtained. The higher education institutions in Saudi Arabia have their own method of interpretation of the GAT scores.

To register for this test and know more about it, visit the official website of the center.

General Aptitude Test (GAT) English Version

The GAT test-English version is equivalent to the GAT-Arabic version, but it is not a translation of the Arabic questions. This test assesses the verbal and mathematical of the candidates.  
It measures learning capacities applicable to: 
Finding out logical relations, problem-solving approach based on the basic mathematical concepts, reading comprehension, and inductive/deduction skills.

GAT-English Version Structure

The GAT has 6 sections, and the questions are multiple-choice type.
  • Total no. of questions: 120
    • Verbal questions: 68
    • Quantitative questions: 52
  • Duration: 3 hours
Verbal section: This section comprises of reading comprehension, verbal analogy, sentence completion and synonymy.
Quantitative section: This section has two parts- science major and humanities major.

To know more about this test, click here.


Achievement Test for Science Colleges (For Males)

The test comprises of the general concepts in mathematics, biology, English, physics and chemistry, that are covered in the general secondary schools in Saudi Arabia. 

Duration: 3.5 hours, inclusive of form filling and interval (actual time of the test is 2.5 hours, with 30 minutes for each of the 5 sections).

Structure

The test has five sections. The percentage distribution of the questions from the following subjects is:
  • Chemistry 20%
  • Mathematics 20%
  • Biology 20%
  • English 20%
  • Physics 20%

Results

The scoring and grading process in done in Riyadh- the centres headquarter. Results are electronically sent to higher education institutions. Candidates will receive an SMS, if registered for the SMS service of the results; or they can even check the results on the official website of the center.


General Aptitude Test (GAT) for University Graduates

The general aptitude test is offered in Arabic for university graduates. The tests measures learning capacities applicable to: 
Finding out logical structures of verbal expression, problem-solving approach based on the basic mathematical theories, reading comprehension, and inductive, deductive and analytical skills 

Total duration: 2.5 hours

Eligibility

Students who want to pursue post-graduate studies in science or humanities major are eligible to sit for this test: 
  • Post-graduate pupils in the Saudi Arabia universities
  • Post-graduate pupils in military courses of study
  • Students for overseas scholarships
  • Students for higher diploma programmes, locally and internationally

Structure

The test comprises of 3 sections:
  • Verbal/ linguistic
  • Quantitative/ mathematical
  • Logical/ inductive-spatial
Each section is of 25 minutes, and all the sections have multiple-choice questions.

Test Times

The test is conducted thrice a year. Visit the official website of the center to know about the exact test dates.
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