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EXADEP™ Test Content and Structure

The EXADEP™ test contains five sections: Verbal Aptitude, Mathematics, Analytical Reasoning, Written Expression and English.

Verbal Aptitude

The Verbal Aptitude section measures your ability to evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences, and recognize relationships between words and concepts. In each test edition, the passages are a balance among three different subject-matter areas: humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.


The Mathematics section measures basic mathematical skills and understanding of elementary mathematical concepts, as well as the ability to reason quantitatively and to solve problems in a quantitative setting. There is a balance of questions requiring arithmetic, algebra and geometry at a general level.

Analytical Reasoning

The Analytical Reasoning section measures the ability to think analytically. It tests the ability to draw inferences and think deductively based on a partially defined scenario and a set of conditions that must hold in any fully developed version of the scenario. It does not test knowledge of any particular subject nor does it require training in formal logic.

Written Expression

The Written Expression section measures the ability to recognize the use of language essential to a finished piece of writing that would be considered acceptable by most educated readers and writers of Spanish.


The English section measures similar abilities to those measured in the Verbal Aptitude section, but in the context of English as a foreign language.

Test Structure

The testing time for the EXADEP test is four hours and five minutes and is divided into five sections:

SectionNumber of QuestionsTime

Section 1: Verbal Aptitude

  • Part A: Antonyms, Analogies, Sentence Completion
  • Part B: Reading Comprehension
90 90 minutes

Section 2: Mathematics

  • Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry
40 40 minutes
Section 3: Analytical Reasoning 25 40 minutes

Section 4: Written Expression

  • Part A: Language Use
  • Part B: Sentence Correction
50 30 minutes

Section 5: English

  • Part A: Sentence Completion, Antonyms
  • Part B: Reading Comprehension
50 45 minutes


There is a 10-minute break following Section 2 (Mathematics). Section timing will not stop if you take an unscheduled break, so you should proceed with your test without interruption once it begins.