The use of Emirates Standardized Tests (EmSAT) as a requirement for university admissions in the UAE has been changed, according to an announcement made by the Ministry of Education. EmSAT results are now optional and higher education institutions have the flexibility to use other assessments and determine minimum scores.
This change will take effect starting from the 2023-2024 academic year and institutions are expected to maintain academic standards. The purpose of this decision is to provide students with more freedom to choose a university major that aligns with their interests, skills, and abilities.
Previously, EmSAT scores were necessary for university admission in the UAE. EmSAT is a nationwide, computer-based testing system used to evaluate graduates from both public and private schools within and outside the country.