Common Educational Proficiency Assessment (CEPA) is a set of locally-developed standardized tests used for admissions and placement by three federal institutions of higher education in the United Arab Emirates (Zayed University, the Higher Colleges of Technology, and UAE University).
The tests are produced by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific research as part of NAPO (National Admissions and Placement Office) and administered in the three federal institutions. Around 17,000, grade 12 Emirati students take the tests each year. There are two CEPA exams. CEPA-English tests Basic English proficiency, and CEPA-Math measures basic math skills. Both exams are administered in two formats: paper-based (with scanned answer sheets) and computer-based.