USAT Guide: HEC Undergraduate Studies Admission Test (USAT)

Undergraduate Studies Admission Test (USAT) is a newly introduced admission test by Higher Education Commission (HEC). The HEC through its educational testing council (ETC) will conduct USAT for admissions at undergraduate level in universities in all over Pakistan. USAT is on the pattern of Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and covers all the disciplines of Engineer, Medicine, IT, Management and Social Sciences at the undergraduate entry level. The students after qualifying respective USAT would stand eligible to all relevant universities in Pakistan. Here in this USAT Guide, I am going to share with your the complete information about USAT, USAT categories, USAT syllabus and all other necessary things a student is required to know.

Content Index

USAT Introduction
USAT Syllabus

USAT Marks Distribution
USAT Categories
Question Distribution for Each USAT Category
Who Can Apply for USAT?
USAT Pass Percentage
When USAT Exam will Held?
University Role in USAT
How to Apply for USAT?
USAT Bank Challan Fee
Cut-off dates for USAT 2022
Is USAT Necessary?

USAT Introduction

Due to the postponement of unified undergraduate program envisaged in the “Undergraduate Education Policy 2020” of HEC, the “Undergraduate Studies Admission Test” (USAT) is redesigned. There are six (06) categories of the USAT are now being offering on different academic disciplines. This test is valid for all public and private sector universities or Degree awarding Institutes (DAIs) of Pakistan (other than Medical Colleges/Universities).

The candidate are required to apply for admission as per the universities’ announcements, along with copy of ETC USAT result card.  The result of USAT is announced within 4 to 5 weeks of conduct and it is remain valid for one (01) year. There’s no restriction on applying for USAT. You can apply as many time as you want.

USAT Syllabus

The USAT syllabus focuses more on the knowledge and skills and it is thus expected to measure what a test taker learns in secondary and higher secondary education and it needs to succeed in an undergraduate program.

Major portion of the test is designed to measure the cognitive abilities of the candidate. USAT consist of the following knowledge, skills and behavioural areas:

Verbal Reasoning

This section measures the candidates to ability to analyse written material, synthesise information, and recognise relationships between words and concepts.

Quantitative Reasoning

It measures the ability to understand basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, equations, geometry, vectors, graphs, statistics, and  problem solving. Quantitative reasoning ability is considered to be the most reliable predictor of future success.

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Subject Knowledge of Academic Discipline

This subject knowledge section tests the students’ knowledge of the subject covered in his corresponding academic discipline. It is reflected in the USAT version name for that specific discipline.

Essay Writing Skills

You can write essay either in English or Urdu language. It is an assessment of the students’ verbal ability and communication skills. The structure of the essay, arrangement of ideas, logical analysis, vocabulary, and grammar all of these have respective weightages.

USAT Marks Distribution

USAT is comprises of two (02) parts. Part- 1 is based on 75 MCQs. Part-2 includes essay writing skills. You can attempt the Essay in Urdu or in English languages.

Any score above 50 percent is considered as USAT qualifying score.

The marks distribution of USAT is given below:

Part-1 (75 MCQs) Time Allowed: 100 Minutes
Verbal Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning Subject Knowledge
20 25 30
Part-2 (Essay Writing 25 Marks) Time Allowed: 40 Minutes
Write Essay in English or Urdu (400 to 500 words)

USAT Categories

The USAT is conducted in the following six (06) categories. These categories are:

Sr. No USAT Category Discipline
1 USAT-E Pre Engineering
2 USAT-M Pre Medical
3 USAT-A Arts & Humanities
4 USAT-CS Computer Science
5 USAT-GS General Science
6 USAT-COM Commerce

Question Distribution for Each USAT Category

The question distribution for each USAT academic discipline is given below:

USAT-E Engineering

USAT-E (Engineering) Part-1 (75 MCQs)
1. Verbal Reasoning 20 MCQs
Analogy 05
Synonym/antonym 04
Sentence Completion 06
Comprehension 05
2. Quantitative Reasoning 25 MCQs
Arithmetic 06
Algebra and functions 04
Geometry 03
Equations 03
Statistics 03
Scenario based/mental mathematics 06
3. Physics 10 MCQs
4. Chemistry 10 MCQs
5. Mathematics 10 MCQs
Part-02 (Essay Writing) 25 Marks
1. Argument based Essay writing (1 out of 3) 15 Marks
2. Narrative based Essay Writing (1 out of 3) 10 Marks

USAT-M Medical

USAT-M (Medical) Part-1 (75 MCQs)
1. Verbal Reasoning 20 MCQs
Analogy 05
Synonym/antonym 04
Sentence Completion 06
Comprehension 05
2. Quantitative Reasoning 25 MCQs
Arithmetic 06
Algebra and functions 04
Geometry 03
Equations 03
Statistics 03
Scenario based/mental mathematics 06
3. Physics 08 MCQs
4. Chemistry 08 MCQs
5. Biology 14 MCQs
Part-02 (Essay Writing) 25 Marks
1. Argument based Essay writing (1 out of 3) 15 Marks
2. Narrative based Essay Writing (1 out of 3) 10 Marks
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USAT-A Arts & Humanities

USAT-A (Arts & Humanities) Part-1 (75 MCQs)
1. Verbal Reasoning 20 MCQs
Analogy 05
Synonym/antonym 04
Sentence Completion 06
Comprehension 05
2. Quantitative Reasoning 25 MCQs
Arithmetic 06
Algebra and functions 04
Geometry 03
Equations 03
Statistics 03
Scenario based/mental mathematics 06
3. Islamic/Ethics 10 MCQs
4. Pakistan Studies 10 MCQs
5. General Knowledge 10 MCQs
Part-02 (Essay Writing) 25 Marks
1. Argument based Essay writing (1 out of 3) 15 Marks
2. Narrative based Essay Writing (1 out of 3) 10 Marks

USAT-CS Computer Science

USAT-CS (Computer Science) Part-1 (75 MCQs)
1. Verbal Reasoning 20 MCQs
Analogy 05
Synonym/antonym 04
Sentence Completion 06
Comprehension 05
2. Quantitative Reasoning 25 MCQs
Arithmetic 06
Algebra and functions 04
Geometry 03
Equations 03
Statistics 03
Scenario based/mental mathematics 06
3. Physics 10 MCQs
4. Computer Science 10 MCQs
5. Mathematics 10 MCQs
Part-02 (Essay Writing) 25 Marks
1. Argument based Essay writing (1 out of 3) 15 Marks
2. Narrative based Essay Writing (1 out of 3) 10 Marks

USAT-GS General Science

USAT-GS (General Science) Part-1 (75 MCQs)
1. Verbal Reasoning 20 MCQs
Analogy 05
Synonym/antonym 04
Sentence Completion 06
Comprehension 05
2. Quantitative Reasoning 25 MCQs
Arithmetic 06
Algebra and functions 04
Geometry 03
Equations 03
Statistics 03
Scenario based/mental mathematics 06
3. Mathematics 10 MCQs
4. Statistics 10 MCQs
5. Economics 10 MCQs
Part-02 (Essay Writing) 25 Marks
1. Argument based Essay writing (1 out of 3) 15 Marks
2. Narrative based Essay Writing (1 out of 3) 10 Marks

USAT-COM Commerce

USAT-COM (Commerce) Part-1 (75 MCQs)
1. Verbal Reasoning 20 MCQs
Analogy 05
Synonym/antonym 04
Sentence Completion 06
Comprehension 05
2. Quantitative Reasoning 25 MCQs
Arithmetic 06
Algebra and functions 04
Geometry 03
Equations 03
Statistics 03
Scenario based/mental mathematics 06
3. Accounting 10 MCQs
4. Commerce 10 MCQs
5. Economics 10 MCQs
Part-02 (Essay Writing) 25 Marks
1. Argument based Essay writing (1 out of 3) 15 Marks
2. Narrative based Essay Writing (1 out of 3) 10 Marks

Who Can Apply for USAT?

The following students can apply for USAT:

  • All the students who have passed the Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) or equivalent 12 years education can apply for USAT.
  • All those students who have appeared in the final examination and awaiting results can also apply for USAT.

USAT Pass Percentage

The USAT passing percentage is 50%. Any score above and equal to 50 is considered as a qualifying USAT score. The maximum marks in a USAT exam is 100.

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When USAT Exam will Held

USAT is held every three (03) months time. The test is conducting quarterly basis in the major cities of Pakistan simultaneously. HEC will upload USAT yearly exam calendar on the HEC ETC website. You can register for a USAT through ETC website.

University Role in USAT

All universities in Pakistan will continue to announce their admission programme independently. Students applying to universities accepting USAT will submit the USAT-(category). The universities are bound to except the score card of USAT in the weightage-base merit list of the university.

How to Apply for USAT?

  • To apply for USAT you must register through ETC website.
  • If you have any question, then you can visit onlinehelp.hec.gov.pk website or visit your nearest HEC regional office.
  • The submission of application comprises of two steps; profile completion using “My profile” section and application submission using “Undergraduate Studies Admission Test”. The links are available on the menu panel on the left-hand side bar of online portal.

HEC will accept only submitted applications. If you have saved or incomplete application then your application will be stand rejected.

USAT Bank Challan Fee

  • The test fee for USAT is Rs. 1200. Candidates will deposit the fee in HBL account no. 1742 7900 133401 titled as Higher Education Commission.
  • The bank fee challan is available at ETC online registration portal.
  • All candidates are required to upload the paid challan duly stamped by an HBL branch on the ETC registration portal.

The test Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Please remember it is mandatory to bring original copy of bank challan on the test day along with your NIC.

Cut-off dates for USAT 2022

The last date for online registration of USAT is August 12, 2022. The USAT will be held on August 28, 2022.

Is USAT Necessary?

Yes, the USAT is made necessary by HEC in all over Pakistan for admission at undergraduate level.

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