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The Management Skills Placement Test

For those who are looking to start an onshore business in Dubai that will providing consultancy services, then you may need to complete the Management Skills Placement Test, prior to obtaining your trade license from the Department of Economic Development (DED).

What is the Management Skills Placement Test (MSPT)

In December 2017, the DED signed an agreement with the American University in Dubai to provide a Centre for Professional Qualification, meaning they would be providing assessment services for a range of facilities on behalf of the DED.

One such area is the Management Skills Placement Test which has been set up as a prerequisite for people starting a consultancy business in a range of activities including, but not limited to:

  •  Tax Consultant
  •  Marketing Research & Consultancies
  •  Feasibility Studies Consultancies
  •  Management Consultancies
  •  Human Resources Consultancies
  •  Media Studies & consultancies
  •  Internet Consultancy
  •  Logistics Consultancy

If a sole shareholder in a professional license, then you will be required to sit the test in order to receive your trade license. If you are establishing a civil company, then only one of the shareholders must pass the test.

What does the MSPT involve?

The test itself is a two hour exam covering the basic principles and concepts of business management in areas such as Marketing, Finance and General Management. The questions are based on analysis of real life type situations, rather than focusing on rote learning. The test consists of 100 questions and is taken on a computer at a test centre at the AUD.

The test is broken down into the following sections:

Part One: Basic Marketing Questions (24 Points)
Part Two: Basic Financial Management Questions (20 Points)
Part Three: Basic Management Questions (20 Points)
Part Four: Three Short Cases (36 Points)
Total: 100 Points

Passing Score: 60 Points out of 100

How do I register for the MSPT?

Registration and payment for the test must be done online (at using a valid credit
card. Responsibility for credit card validity and acceptance for making payment rests entirely with each

To ensure that the test is conducted in a smooth, problem-free manner and that the integrity of the test and

the testing process is safeguarded, candidates are required to follow meticulously the following instructions:

  1. Testing will take place on specific dates (see attached schedule) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m.
    to 2:00 p.m. during Ramadan) in a computer lab (E 304) on the 3rd floor of the School of Engineering
    Building. There will be signs on campus directing candidates to the test venue.
  2. Candidates must be present outside E 304 15 minutes before the test begins, i.e., no later than 6:45 p.m.
    (11:45 a.m. during Ramadan).
  3. Candidates must bring to the test venue their (a) valid Emirates ID card (for UAE residents) or valid
    passport (for non-resident visitors); (b) a copy of the e-mail/receipt confirming their registration for the
    specific test date.
  4. Candidates who do not have the required ID and registration confirmation will not be allowed to take the
    test, even if their names are on the proctor’s list. They will be asked to leave the room immediately.
  5. Candidates will not be allowed to log in and start taking the test until the test begins at the set time and
    they are told by the proctor that they may start.
  6. To log in, candidates must use the same e-mail address they used when they registered for the test. It is
    the candidates’ responsibility to remember (or bring with them) this e-mail address; otherwise, they will
    not be able to log in and take the test. In this case, it will be their responsibility to register and pay again
    online to take the test at a future date. (There will be no refund of the registration fees for the missed
  7. After the test begins, candidates who arrive late will not be allowed to enter and take the test. It will be
    their responsibility to register and pay again online to take the test at a future date. (There will be no refund
    of the registration fees for the missed test.)
  8. The same rule (no refund) will apply to candidates who do not show up to take the test on the date for
    which they registered.
  9. Candidates are not allowed to ask questions or request clarifications from the proctor about the contents
    of the test. Engaging the proctor in conversation is also not allowed.
  10. Talking or other forms of communication between candidates during the test are strictly prohibited.
    Any attempt to engage in such communication will be considered a breach of integrity. Other prohibited
    acts, including but not limited to disruptive behavior, possessing mobile phones, other communication
    devices, notes, or other unauthorized materials, will also constitute a breach of integrity. The candidate(s)
    involved will have their tests disqualified and will be reported to Dubai Economy. This may negatively
    affect the candidates’ licensing application.
  11. At the end of the two-hour test period, the proctor will announce that time is up. Candidates must then
    immediately stop answering the test and remove their hands from the keyboard. Failing to do so may result
    in a candidate’s test being disqualified.
  12. A candidate who finishes taking the test before the end of the two-hour test period must remain seated
    and raise his/her hand. The proctor will come to the candidate’s desktop and verify that the test has been
    properly submitted. The candidate will be required to sign confirming submission. The same procedure
    applies at the end of the test: the proctor will go around and verify proper submission before candidates can
  13. Upon submission of the test, candidates will see a pop-up informing them that they can view their test
    result and score by logging into their account on the CEPPS website at
  14. Candidates who pass the test will receive an e-mail notifying them when their CEPPS certificate will
    be available for pick-up.
  15. Candidates who fail the test will be required to take and pass a five-day qualifying course at AUD. The
    course includes an exam at the end.
  16. To register for the required qualifying course, candidates must go to, click the
    Dubai Economy logo at the top right and log in.

Once you have your CEPPS certificate collected from AUD you can then proceed to the DED to complete your license issuance.

If you would like to know more about the MSPT or would like to find out how to set up your own professional company, contact us on

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