Application procedures and student evaluation mechanism


Candidates applying to the University of Science and Technology must complete the online initial screening form to determine their eligibility to apply to the university. This step ensures that the applicant meets the basic requirements set forth by the university’s admissions office to proceed further into the application process. The process requires input from students regarding their type of high school degree, scores in specific subjects, the overall grade/score at graduation, graduation year, major and related information. Applicants who pass the initial online screening will be allowed to start the admission procedure by filling in the online application form.

Applicants with the top scores will be required to take the university’s admission exam in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and analytical thinking. Only the top performing students in this exam will be selected for final admittance to the university’s study programs. The university’s academic admission examination is designed to test students’ knowledge, their ability to identify underlying relationships necessary to achieve the correct answer, and their ability to demonstrate critical thinking. The students’ success in the admission exam ensures their readiness to proceed with the university’s educational system. The academic admission examination is valid for two years, so applicants who pass it in a certain academic year and wish to reapply will not need to resit the exam.

Since English is the language of study at the University of Science and Technology, all prospective applicants have to sit for the English Proficiency Test (EPT) or submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores.

Applicants who perform satisfactorily in their EPT will be able to apply to join the university and start their study programs directly. Applicants who do not pass the EPT will be required to take an intensive English study course. Alternatively, students can submit their results from other internationally recognized English proficiency tests such as TOEFL (Internet-based TOEFL) – as long as they have a minimum band score of 35 - 59 and a minimum writing score of 21 – 23 or IELTS, as long as they have a minimum band score of 5 – 5.5 and writing score of 6. The scores are evaluated as per the below table.

 Internet-Based Test (IBT) TOEFL Score  Internet-Based Test (IBT) Writing Score  English Placement
 94  or above  27 in writing and 23 in speaking or above  Full acceptance (after fulfilling other admission requirements)
 93 - 60  Writing (26-24)  Level 2 Remedial English Course
 59 – 53  Writing (23-21)  Level 1 Remedial English Course
 Below 35  Below 20  Not eligible for admission
 IELTS Band Score  IELTS Writing Score  English Placement
 7  7  Full acceptance (after fulfilling other academic admissions requirements)
 6.5 and 6  6.5  Level 2 Remedial English Course
 5.5 and 5  6  Level 1 Remedial English Course
 below 5  below 5  Not eligible for admission

1. Academic admission exam


A. Structure

The academic admission exam is a computer-based exam administered in both the English and the Arabic languages. The examinees can choose to take the math exam or the biology exam based on their field of focus in high school. Each exam consists of five sections and each section consists of objective multiple choice questions. The recommended time to spend on each section is 30 minutes.

Each section consists of a stem – which may be in the form of a question or an incomplete statement – and multiple answers labeled A, B, C, D. Examinees must choose the correct or most appropriate answer by checking on the circle or the check box next to the answer. They can navigate freely through the questions and sections.

Math exam type

Biology exam type

Math I

Math I



Math II




Logical reasoning

Logical reasoning


B. Admission exam grading

Every correct answer on the admission exam will be awarded one mark. Questions with wrong answers or no answers will not receive negative marks.

C. Documentation requirements to sit the exam

  • Government-issued ID (only national ID cards or Egyptian/foreign passports are accepted).
  • Printout of the exam admission email sent by admission office with the candidate ID number.


2. Aptitude test


The University of Science and Technology may choose to hold an aptitude test for applicants. The test will measure abstract thinking capabilities, psychomotor reflexes, research aptitude and problem-solving skills.

3. Personal interview


The top performing applicants will be invited to a personal interview to measure three key aspects:

  • Motivation to attend the University of Science and Technology at Zewail City.
  • Emotional stability.
  • Communication skills and self confidence.
  • Language skills are not part of the interview evaluation metrics.