Test Preparation Tips

Preparation for the test will depend on the amount of time students have available and their personal preferences for how to prepare. At a minimum, before students take the EXADEP™ test, they should know what to expect from the test, including the administrative procedures, types of questions and directions, approximate number of questions and amount of time for each section.

The administrative procedures include registration and scheduling, date, time, test center location, cost, score-reporting procedures and availability of special testing arrangements. Students can find out about the administrative procedures for the EXADEP test on this website and in the EXADEP Information and Registration Bulletin. Information is also available by contacting ETS.

Test Content

Before taking the EXADEP test, it is important for students to become familiar with the content of each of the measures. To familiarize themselves with the type of material on which they'll be tested and the question types within each measure, students should follow the links below:

Test-taking Strategies

Within any EXADEP section, students are free to skip questions that they might have difficulty answering and come back to them later during the time provided to work on that section. Also during that time students may change the answer to any question in that section by erasing it completely on their answer sheet and filling in an alternative answer. Students should be careful not to leave any stray marks on the answer sheet, as they may be interpreted as incorrect responses. Students can use their test books to make notes or perform calculations. No additional scratch paper is provided.

Students' EXADEP scores are determined by the number of questions for which the best answers are provided. Questions for which no answers are marked are not counted in scoring. Nothing is subtracted from a score if a question is answered incorrectly. Therefore, to maximize their scores on each of the EXADEP sections, it is best for students to answer every question.

Students should work as rapidly as they can without being careless. Since no question carries greater weight than any other, they should not waste time pondering individual questions they find extremely difficult or unfamiliar.

Students may want to go through a section rapidly at first, stopping only to answer those questions they can do so with certainty. Then they can go back and answer the questions that require greater thought, concluding with the difficult questions if they have time.

During the actual administration of the EXADEP test, students may work only on the section the test center supervisor designates and only for the time allowed. They may not go back to an earlier section of the test after the supervisor announces "Please stop work" for that section. The supervisor is authorized to dismiss them from the center for doing so. All answers must be recorded on the answer sheet.  Answers written in the test book will not count towards their scores.


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