Student Counseling Test

 Student Counseling Test


The educational process is managed by a group of specialists at multiple levels of administrative, supervisory and educational work. Student counseling is an important task of the educational process as the student counselor is often close to the student offering help and guidance. Therefore, a student counselor must have a high level of professional competence in helping students to overcome any difficulties that they may encounter and guiding them on how to excel in their studies.

In light of the professional standards for student counselors, the test questions have been designed to measure the ability to prepare counseling programs and to understand and explain student behavior according to the requirements and characteristics of each academic stage, the extent of effectiveness in conducting counseling sessions and taking appropriate guiding decisions, in addition to searching for modern scientific solutions to the problems that student counselors may encounter due to their job nature.

The test measures to what extent the test-takers can serve as student counselors. The test helps to select the best candidates for student counseling and determine their training needs. To achieve this, the test consists of (75) questions addressing the following areas:

  • Foundations, theories and methods of counselling and guidance;
  • Characteristics and requirements of growth;
  • Information collection tools;
  • Counselling programs;
  • Professional development (professional growth);
  • Ethical and professional responsibilities.

Test Preparation

The test does not directly depend on the information that the test-taker obtains from study courses or from specific books or references. Accordingly, it does not require advance preparation by the test-taker, but rather depends on his cultural background and accumulated life experiences in addition to his extensive knowledgeability of the field of work he is going to join. Therefore, the test-taker should check how questions are formed and how to answer them. The test also does not require complicated calculations, as it uses simple ones that can be done mentally or by using easy methods. A test-taker may find assistance in checking the nature of the test and its accurate details on the website.

Test-Taking Dates

The Education and Training Evaluation Commission (ETEC) holds the Student Counseling Test based on prior coordination with the relevant agencies. Therefore, the Commission would like to recommend  follow-up of the test page on its website.  

General Guidelines

  • Please check the Commission's website on a regular basis for information on test locations and dates.
  • Make sure you take the test at the specified place, date, and time that you registered for it. When you arrive at the test site, go and meet the person in charge of your test group in the reception committee in order to review the papers and documents you carry, and ensure that you meet the conditions required to sit for the test. Just then, you will be allowed to enter the test room and will be directed to the seat preset for you.
  • Once all test-takers enter the test room, question sheets will be distributed with answer sheets inside; this is a form read by a scanner; so, you have to keep it safe. Afterwards, based on the instructions given by the test room supervisor, you will, in conjunction with your colleagues, fill out the first side of the form (personal information page). As for the second side of the form (the answer page), listen carefully to the supervisor's directions on how to fill it in. Then, all test takers will be allowed to open their question sheets and start the test.
  • If you have any question or request for help, you only need to raise your hand so that a supervisor may come for help.
  • All the test questions are of the multiple choice type (A, B, C, or D). Upon taking the paper test, students are required to shade the circle of the letter corresponding to the correct answer for each question in the answer sheet with an HB-2 pencil. A liquid or dry ink pen is not allowed to be used altogether. Pencils will be distributed in the test room, but it is preferable for students to bring with them an HB-2 pencil and an eraser as a precaution.
  • Calculators are not allowed in the test room, nor any other machine functioning as a calculator because test questions do not require the use of any such devices.
  •  Test duration is one hour and a half (1:30).
  • There will be approximately a sixty-minute interval between entering the test room and the beginning of the test; therefore, test-takers must be prepared to sit for about two and a half hours (2:30).

Test results are used for several purposes, including selection of and differentiation between applicants for student counseling jobs by the competent agencies at the Ministry of Education.​

After the end of the test, answers are graded using the autocorrect function, and results are analyzed. The data of the test-takers is revised, corrected and validated at the Commission's headquarters in Riyadh. This process is expected to take three weeks from the day the test ends. Then, the results are immediately announced.

    The Commission will provide the results to the agencies requesting them via electronic means. (Only the highest score obtained by the test-taker is to be sent if he takes the test more than once). Test results are not necessarily required to be presented in a paper certificate to such agencies. Test results can be sent via an SMS to your mobile phone, and can be accessed through your account on the Commission's website or via inquiries to the call center with the unified number: 920033555.​

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