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EmSAT Achieve English Public Test Specification

The EmSAT English Achieve assesses the extent to which a test taker is ready to study in an English‐medium college or university. It is a computer-based exam and has six major sections – Grammar, Vocabulary, Sentence Construction, Cloze Reading, Extended Reading, and Writing. Most of the tests have randomized sections, questions, and choices. The test is timed by a computer in sections and subsections. Test-takers can see how much time they have throughout the exam.

Test duration 135 minutes (approximately)
questions 110 questions approximately, including one essay (200-250 words)
Content areas Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading, and Writing
Task types Multiple Choice, Drag and Drop, Essay, Reading, Sentence Builder, Paragraph Builder

EmSAT Achieve English

EmSAT Achieve English is a new standardized test from the UAE Ministry of Education that students can take to demonstrate their level of English proficiency. The test is divided into three sections: Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Each section tests different skills, and students must receive a passing score on all three sections in order to earn a passing score on the EmSAT Achieve English test. Getting into UAE colleges and universities is one of the significant benefits of the EmSAT exam. Given below are the detailed descriptors of EmSAT scores.

Score Descriptors
1625 – 1975
  • Can understand a wide range of texts. Can express himself or herself fluently and spontaneously without much difficulty. Can use language flexibly and produce clear, well‐structured, text on complex subjects. (CEFR Band C1)
1250 – 1600
  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text. Can interact with native speakers without strain. Can produce clear, detailed text on various subjects and explain a viewpoint.
875 – 1225
  • Can understand the main points of familiar subjects in work, school, and leisure. Can deal with most situations while traveling where English is spoken. Can produce simple connected text or describe experiences on familiar or personal topics. (CEFR Band B1)
500 – 850
  • Can understand sentences and common expressions on basic personal and family information, shopping, or routine. Can communicate regarding simple familiar or routine matters. Can describe simple aspects of the environment and immediate needs. (CEFR Band A1)
300 – 475
  • Can understand and use everyday expressions and very basic phrases for immediate needs. Can introduce him or herself and give personal details (address, friends, or possessions). Can interact if the other person talks slowly and clearly and is helpful. (CEFR Band A1)

How to Prepare for the EmSAT English Test

If you're planning to take the EmSAT English test, you'll want to make sure you're prepared.

To do well on the test, you'll need to have a strong understanding of grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. The following are some tips on how to prepare for an EmSAT exam to get you started;

  • Start preparing for the test at least 1-2 months before the exam
  • Understand the pattern of the exam for cracking the test
  • Attend an EmSAT English Course
  • Review basic grammar rules
  • Research resources available for the test
  • Build up your vocabulary by reading books, magazines, and other materials in English
  • Improve your reading comprehension by practicing with texts of varying difficulty levels. 

By following these tips, you can make sure you're fully prepared for the EmSAT English test. Good luck!

Detailed EmSAT Descriptors

Given below are the detailed score descriptors of the EmSAT exam. Go through them to get a basic understanding of how an EmSAT exam is scored. 

EmSAT Score CEFR CEFR Descriptors Level
2000 C2
  • Understands virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him or herself spontaneously, very fluently, and precisely.
1625 – 1975 C1
  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Express fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
1250 – 1600 B2
  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his or her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity.
875 – 1225 B1
  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
500 – 850 A2
  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring simple and direct answers.
300 – 475 A1
  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him or herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal questions. Interact with the other person slowly and clearly.

Writing Marking Scale (Public)

The EmSAT English Examination assesses the extent to which a test taker is ready to study in an English‐medium college or university.

  General Vocabulary & Grammer Mechanics
  • Mastery of a wide range of languages. Formulates thoughts precisely, emphasizes, differentiates, and eliminates ambiguity.
  • Grammatical consistency. Extensive vocabulary.
  • No spelling or punctuation errors
  • Clear, fluid writing with a variety of language and an appropriate and effective style. Logical structure helps readers find significant points
  • High grammatical accuracy. Good command of a broad lexical repertoire, with idioms.
  • Layout, paragraphing, and punctuation are consistent and helpful. Spelling is accurate, with occasional slips.
  • Expresses views clearly and without much sign of having to restrict language. Sufficient language for clear descriptions, expressing viewpoints, and arguments on general topics. Some complex sentence forms are used. Can use different registers.
  • Good range of generally accurate vocabulary for most general topics. Uses a variety of linking words efficiently.
  • Clearly intelligible continuous writing using standard layout and paragraphs. Spelling and punctuation are reasonably accurate but show L1.
  • Sufficient language to describe unpredictable situations and topics such as family, interests, work, travel, and current events. Can explain the main points of a problem in a linear sequence with some precision.
  • Reasonable accuracy in familiar contexts. Errors occur but the meaning is usually clear. Repetition in vocab choice. Noticeable L1 influence.
  • Continuous writing which is generally intelligible throughout. Spelling, punctuation, and layout are accurate enough to be followed most of the time.
  • A repertoire of basic language to deal with everyday situations. Uses brief, basic sentence patterns and memorized phrases and formulae on simple concrete needs and personal details. Frequent breakdowns in non-routine situations.
  • Some simple structures are used correctly but regularly make basic mistakes, e.g., in verb tense choice or agreement
  • Can copy short sentences on everyday subjects, e.g., directions. Can write short words with reasonable phonetic accuracy (not standard spelling).
  • Uses a very basic range of simple expressions about personal details and needs of a concrete type. Can write simple isolated phrases and sentences
  • Only limited control of a few simple grammatical structures
  • Can copy familiar words and short phrases: simple signs or instructions, everyday objects. Can spell address, nationality, and personal details.

Test-takers receive four scores in the Achieve English test: 

EmSAT Overall Score: a combined score for Reading and Writing, between 300 and 2000. Reading Score: Reading scores are determined by a CEFR band, which consists of questions on Grammar, Vocabulary, and reading texts. Question types can include multiple-choice, drag and drop, fill-in-the-blanks, or sentence reordering. 

Writing Score: a CEFR band is awarded for Writing, based on a 30-minute, 250-word typed essay on a single topic. 

EmSAT Band: This is the overall CEFR level of the student between A1 and C2 combining the Writing and Reading bands. 

EmSAT Achieve English Content Areas

Appendix 1: Content Areas 


  • Grammar :In In the Grammar section of the test, test-takers are judged on their ability to select appropriate words to complete sentences. Questions can be multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blanks, drag, and drop, or re-ordering words to form a sentence. 
  • Vocabulary :Students are assessed on their vocabulary knowledge by answering short multiple-choice questions designed to measure their understanding of high-frequency words necessary to function effectively in an English-medium environment.
  • Cloze Reading Passages :In Cloze reading passage sections of the test, the examinee can see blanks in short (200-word) reading passages where necessary words have been removed. The removed words are presented above the text along with other options and test-takers drag the words to fill the blanks. 
  • Extended Reading 

There are three reading texts in this section, including descriptive, narrative, and expository texts, ranging from 275 to 550 words. The extended reading section includes

  • Identifying the main idea 
  • Simple factual details, 
  • Finding the meaning of an unfamiliar word, 
  • Inference 
  • Sequencing 


The Writing component consists of a single writing task. The response is word‐processor mediated, and test-takers are expected to write 200‐250 words. 


The EmSAT English Achieve test is divided into multiple sections and the allotted time for the exam is 125 minutes. Each section is timed individually. Upon completing a section within the allocated time scale, test takers' responses are automatically saved and moved to the next one.

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