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Frequently Asked Questions About the EXADEP™ Test


Where can I sign up to become an EXADEP™ test score user?

To receive EXADEP test scores you should complete the New User Application Form. Once your institution has been approved to receive EXADEP scores, you will receive a Designated Institution (DI) Code from ETS, and an ETS representative will contact you by email or phone to answer any questions you may have.

What is the price of the EXADEP test?

See Test Fees

Test Content

What skills does the EXADEP test measure?

The test measures verbal aptitude, mathematics, analytical reasoning, written expression and English as a foreign language. See EXADEP Test Content and Structure.

Test Administration

How is the EXADEP test administered?

The EXADEP test is offered at paper-delivered administrations seven times a year at centers located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America and Europe.

Scores and Score Reporting

How is the EXADEP test scored?

For each of the five sections on the EXADEP test, scoring is essentially a two-step process. First a raw score is computed for each section. The raw score for each section is the number of questions answered correctly.

The raw scores are then converted to scaled scores through a process known as equating. The equating process accounts for minor variations in difficulty among the different test editions. Thus, a given scaled score for a particular section reflects the same level of performance regardless of which edition of the test was taken.

To obtain the Total score, each section score is multiplied by the section weight. The weight for each section is proportionate to the number of items in each section.

SectionSection ScoreWeight
Section 1: Verbal Aptitude
Sections 2: Mathematics, and 3: Analytical Reasoning
Section 4: Written Expression
Section 5: English

* T = 3.5A + 2.5B + 2.0C + 2.0D

How long are EXADEP scores reportable?

EXADEP scores are reportable for five years after the test taker's test date.

Score Interpretation

Why is it important to look at percentile ranks?

Percentile ranks are important to look at because they provide information about an applicant's performance in comparison to other applicants. A percentile rank for a score indicates the percentage of test takers who took the test and received a lower score. Regardless of when the reported scores were earned, the percentile ranks for EXADEP test scores are based on the scores of all examinees who tested in Puerto Rico within a recent three-year period.

Can EXADEP test scores be compared with other tests?

EXADEP scores are not directly comparable with scores on other graduate admission tests. Percentile ranks should be compared only if they are based on the same reference population.