Test Preparation Tips

Preparation for the test will depend on the amount of time you have available and your personal preferences for how to prepare. At a minimum, before you take the EXADEP™ test, you 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 scheduling, date, time, test center location, cost, score-reporting procedures and availability of special testing arrangements. You 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 to become familiar with the content of each of the measures. To familiarize yourself with the type of material on which you'll be tested and the question types within each measure, follow the links below:

Test-taking Strategies

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

Your EXADEP scores are determined by the number of questions for which you select or provide the best answer. Questions for which you mark no answer are not counted in scoring. Nothing is subtracted from a score if you answer a question incorrectly. Therefore, to maximize your scores on each of the EXADEP sections, it is best to answer every question.

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

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

During the actual administration of the EXADEP test, you may work only on the section the test center supervisor designates and only for the time allowed. You 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 you from the center for doing so. All answers must be recorded on the answer sheet.  Answers written in the test book do not count towards your score.

Breaks

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.