Post-Graduate General Aptitude Test (PGAT)

 Post-Graduate General Aptitude Test (PGAT)


This test aims at:

  1. identifying students' research skills, which might predict success in post-graduate studies.
  2. making students aware of their mental skills in preparation for post-graduate studies.
  3. providing a fresh standard by which post-graduate students can be selected.​
It is taken for granted that the well-renowned world universities use similar tests, e.g., GRE,  to sort out the applicants for post-graduate studies​

Components and Duration

This test has a 2.5- hour duration and is presented in Arabic for university graduates. It has three parts: the verbal (linguistic), the quantitative (mathematical), and the logical (inductive-spatial). It mainly focuses on:

  1. Reading comprehension
  2. Discriminating the logical structure of linguistic expressions
  3. Inductive capacity
  4. Inference capacity
  5. Capacity to cognize logical relations, spatial and non-spatial
  6. Analytical capacity
  7. Deductive capacity
  8. Result interpretation capacity
  9. Problem-solving capacity based on basic mathematical concepts.

Sections of the test

The questions relevant to the three parts of the test are alternately presented in all six sections .Each section is devoted 25 minutes. All questions are multiple-choice type.​​​

​Test Times

The test is presented 3 times a year, the times are listed in the following website.​


Target group: senior university students and university graduates

Some universities and colleges require the test for admission to its graduate programs, in addition to other procedures that vary from one educational institution to another. Applicants to such institutions must take the test, including university graduates.

Some programs that require the test:

  • Graduate study programs in Saudi universities
  • University level military programs
  •  External scholarships for post-university programs
  • Internal and external diploma programs

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