Academic Achievement Test for Scientific Specializations

 Academic Achievement Test for Scientific Specializations

One of the objectives of the different education stages is that students, after completing each academic stage, acquire knowledge of the basics of each subject they study. The General Secondary School Certificate is the last stage of general education, after which students move to university education, which requires that the academic knowledge of secondary school students qualify them to engage in university education.
The Achievement Test is a unified measure for all secondary school graduates; it has been designed to be a fair and accurate standard for all, which helps educational institutions beyond the secondary school stage to choose the highest achieving students in secondary school subjects.

The test measures the student’s achievement in a number of subjects during his study in the science section of the general secondary stage, and is presented in Arabic.

Aim of the Test:
Measuring the achievement of secondary school students in specific subjects.

The questions of the different test sections focus on general concepts in the following subjects:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
N.B: Academic achievement questions comprise the courses included in the three grades of the General Secondary School Certificate, namely the natural science (scientific) section.

Nature of academic achievement questions for scientific specializations:
Questions vary in the academic achievement sections in terms of their focus on different levels of knowledge: knowledge, understanding, application, etc.

Questions cover the three secondary school grades according to the following percentages:
  • 20% for the first grade
  • 30% for the second grade
  • 50% for the third grade

The questions are distributed in close proportions over the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.


Experiments have shown that good performance in a test is closely related to the academic achievement of the test-taker at the secondary school stage, and depends as well on accurate knowledge of the nature of the different aspects of the test through appropriate sources, namely:

  • The Preparation and Training Program for the Center's  Tests established by the Center in order to help both male and female test-takers; it is free of charge;
  • The achievement test for scientific specializations booklet.


Test-Taking Dates:

The paper achievement test is held twice every academic year: the first test is held shortly before the final exams; and the second one is held after the end of the final exams. Test dates are accurately announced on time via the Center's website and via social media.

As for registering for the computerized achievement test, it is held at specific dates that are announced at a timely manner.


General Guidelines:

Check the Center's website on a regular basis for information on test locations and dates.

  • Make sure you show up for the test at the specific place, date, and time you registered for the test. When you arrive at the test site, go and meet the person in charge of your test group in the reception committee in order to review the papers and documents you carry, and ensure that you meet the conditions required to sit for the test. Just then, you will be allowed to enter the test room and will be directed to the seat preset for you.
  • Once all students enter the test room, question sheets will be distributed with answer sheets inside; this is a form read by a scanner; so, you have to keep it safe. Afterwards, based on the instructions given by the test room supervisor, you will, in conjunction with your colleagues, fill out the first side of the form (personal information page). As for the second side of the form (the answer page), listen carefully to the supervisor's directions on how to fill it in. Then, all the test takers will be allowed to open their question sheets and start the test.
  • If you have any question or request for help, you only need to raise your hand so that a supervisor may come for help.
  • All test questions are of the multiple choice type (A, B, C, or D). Students are required to shade the circle of the letter corresponding to the correct answer for each question in the answer sheet with an HB-2 pencil. It is not allowed to use a liquid or dry ink pen . Pencils will be distributed in the test room, but it is preferable for students to bring with them an HB-2 pencil and an eraser as a precaution.
  • Calculators are not allowed in the test room, nor any other machine functioning as a calculator because the test questions do not require the use of any such devices.
  • Test duration is two hours and five minutes (2:05).
  • In the case of a paper test, there will be approximately a sixty-minute interval between entering the test room and the beginning of the test; therefore, students must be prepared to sit for about three and a half hours. In the case of a computerized test, the test procedures require that students be at the test room (15) minutes before the test time; therefore, students must be prepared to sit for about two hours and forty-five minutes (2:45).
  • The test consists of sections, and each section is allocated (25) minutes only. The room supervisor will alert you to the time for the start of answering each section, as well as the end of the time allotted for it. Remember that you can answer the questions and revise your answers only for that section within the time period specified it; you are not allowed to return to a previous section or move to a later section or view either of them. Any violation of this requirement will result in your being deprived from continuing the test.
  • If a student is not satisfied with his performance in the test, he/she can take it more than once, but at various times.​

​​​​Some universities and colleges require this test as a condition for admission, in addition to other procedures that vary according to the educational institution. Any person wishing to join an institution requiring this test must take it.

Senior high school students and high school graduates​.​

Register for the test

Test Centers in the Kingdom and Abroad

To access test centers, click here.

The difference between GAT and SAAT

  • GAT

GAT is designed to measure understanding, application, deduction, and analysis skills and abilities in the fields of language and mathematics. The test targets the cognitive abilities that develop over the years with education and reading. Thus, it does not rely on abstract knowledge.

  • SAAT

SAAT (Science) measures student academic achievement in the following subjects: mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology.

SAAT (Arts) measures student academic achievement in the following subjects: monotheism, hadith, jurisprudence, grammar, literature, rhetoric, history, and geography.

The following identification documents are required for admission to the test

يمكنك الدخول للاختبار بأي من الوثائق الآتية: · الهوية الوطنية للسعوديين والإقامة لغير السعوديين . · جواز السفر الشخصي . · رخصة السياقة السعودية .​

Retaking the SAAT

The test is offered once for this year 1441H , due to the precautionary measures for COVID-19.

Rescheduling and Cancellation

  • Paper-based test: up to 72 hours before the test date
  • Computerized test: up to 48 hours before the test date

Test Fees

Paper-based test:

  • Early registration: SR 100
  • Late registration: SR 150

Computerized test:

  • SR 150

Issuance of Results

اختبار التحصيل الدراسي  :

  • تعلن نتائج الاختبارات الورقية بعد حوالي شهر من انتهاء فترة الاختبار .
  • تعلن نتائج الاختبارات المحوسبة خلال 3 أيام عمل.


Those who are unable to register for the test must contact beneficiary services and file an IT support request (Exceptional Test) via the e-portal or smart phone application.

If an applicant does not have a Civil Record

Applicants who do not have a Civil Record may obtain an exceptional Record by following the instructions by clicking here.

General Provisions

  • Saudi uniform is requested for the test
  • Test duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours
  • Using calculators during the test is not permitted.
  • Using drafts is not permitted in paper-based tests.
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