College Preparatory Center

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Saudi Aramco's College Preparatory Center (CPC) is where College Preparatory Program (CPP) takes place. It is a pre-requisite to enter the College Degree Program for Non Employees (CDPNE), a highly selective program run by the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Saudi Aramco (established in 1985). CPP (College Preparatory Program) is a 10-months program of study at the CPC (near Industrial Training Center in Dhahran) for boys, and STC (Special Training Center) which is located inside the seniors' campus, for girls. After those ten months students move on to universities abroad either to US, UK, Canada, China, Korea, Japan or Australia to finish their 4-year bachelor's degree education under the CDPNE program.

CPC Campus - Building D

The program was exclusive for Saudi male students until Saudi Aramco announced it will give scholarships to female students during Summer-2006. For the Academic Year 2006–2007 251 males and 56 females were accepted in the program. For the Academic Year 2009-2010 182 males and 43 females were accepted in the program. In 2003–2004, the admission rate was 1.20%, 148 admitted from a pool of 12,300 qualified applicants. Each student is assigned to a Saudi Aramco department related to his concentration of study. In 2013-2014, the admission rate was 2.2% , 350 boys and 82 girls admitted from a pool of more than 20,000 students all over the kingdom of Saudi Arabia During Cpp year : CPP Students are divided into four tracks according to their Math and English placement test:

  1. CH: High level in both Math and English.
  2. CR: Regular Math and C in English.
  3. BR: Regular or High level Math and B in English.
  4. AR: Regular or High level Math and A in English.
  • where C in English is the highest and A is the lowest.

The year in CPP is divided into three trimesters in which students take different subjects according to their level and major. All students take ESL courses, research courses, computer & internet skills courses and library skills courses. All the students also take AP preparation courses which are of a great importance to the administration and faculty. All students except business students take AP Calculus AB, or AP Calculus BC. Some students take AP Computer Science, AP Chemistry, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Statistics, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics. During the year, C level students are offered to take two SAT tests, and one test for students in level B or A. All students are offered to take up to 3 IELTS tests if they didn’t achieve the required record in the first time. In some cases, early departure is allowed for selective students to study in China, Korea, Japan and Australia. The CPP is divided into three units. Each unit is led by Mr. Mahmoud Basha, Mr. Mohammed Saleh, and Mr. Julian Harris. The units are subdivided into departments as follows:

  • Chemistry & Geology Department (Chairman: Mr. Mohammad Fawwaz),
  • Computer Science Department (Chairman: Dr.Hanan Mohamed),
  • General Studies & English Department (Chairman: Mr. Ron Mortensen),
  • Physics Department (Chairman: Mr. Ihab K. Ashkar),
  • Mathematics Department (Chairman: Mr. Dennis Luy),
  • Business Studies Department. (Chairman: Ms. Ria Madlangsakay),
  • Personal Fitness & Sports (PE) Department. (Chairman: Mr. Musa Abdul-Aziz),

Most of the staff who work in the CPP are from English speaking countries, and they are qualified. The style of education instruction mimics most American universities (schools) in the United States. The education level is the best in Saudi Arabia and it is the greatest opportunity for the youth to get into this program because they will secure their future and will get their degree and a job at the same time.

The requirements for applying CPC are as follows:

  1. Be a recent high school graduate
  2. a grade of 85 or higher in Qiyas assessment test must be scored in order for a student to be admitted to the program. But put in your mind to get a +90 score .
  3. a school GPA of at least 90% (3.60 / 4 ) must be scored in English, Math, Computer, Physics, Biology, and Chemistry.
  4. All student must submit a Tahsili score regardless of how good it is. If you score lower than 90% in High school, you should have a grade of 80 or higher in Tahsili test.
  5. Passing the Math and English placement test

The graduation requirements from CPC are as follows:

  1. an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher with each section no lower than 5.5 for CH and CR students, an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher with each section no lower than 5.5 for BR students, or an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher with each section no lower than 5 for AR students.
  2. a CGPA (Cumulative grade point average) of 2.5/4 or higher.
  3. a GPA of 2.5/4 or higher in the third trimester.
  4. To get at least D in the Research Paper Writing English course (ENGL036)

The benefits for all students :

  1. During those 10 months the company offers the students a free dorm room .The boys dorm is located in Al-Munirah Camp, while the girls' dorm is located inside the seniors' camp.
  2. A monthly salary of 3500 SR.
  3. Free buses transportation from CPC, STC to the dorms .
  4. Students can book free airline tickets to Jeddah or Riyadh and even Yanbu through Aramco's airline.

The benefits for girls:

  1. The girls' dorm has 3 floors and about 36 rooms, in each floor there's a lounge room which has a microwave and a TV and computers. There is a washing room filled with clothes' washing machine, an advisor to help the girls and to make sure that the place is secured. There's a spacious garden with a study room and a playroom.
  2. living inside the camp for girls, which is a secured place and there are a lot of facilities and activities to do such as The Dhahran Recreation library, Al-Najjar Café, Tandoori House restaurant, Boling, Cinema, Duck pond playground, Dhahran Dining Hall, and a super market.
  3. Free buses transportation to and from Dhahran Mall, Al-Rashid Mall at 3 different times a day.
  4. It’s the best time for girls to depend on their selves and be responsible and to prepare them for the coming 4 years abroad. Since the guardian is not required when going abroad.

Things that students have to put in mind before joining CPP:

  1. There are no vacation during CPP year, except for some long weekends and Al-Hajj vacation.
  2. The CPP kind of exams are really hard, so don't panic when you get a low grade although you studied all night long.
  3. Nobody graduated from CPP with a CGPA of 4/4 .Though, it is very easy to get a GPA above 3/4 with hard work and studying.
  4. At the end, you will realize that you lived the best year in your life and made a lot of good friends and got a life experience.

All students who pass their first year in CPP are transferred to the CDPNE ( college degree programme for non employee) and granted a full scholarship to one of the top overseas universities, mostly in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and Australia with all expenses covered. Each scholar is given the opportunity to continue graduate studies up to the PhD degree, while receiving a full-time salary after working at least 5 years in the company.

CPC Campus - Central lawn

Students are allocated degree paths upon acceptance. Most of these degrees relate to Engineering and Sciences, and it depends on the company need, it’s not necessary they offer all of these majors every year. The males’ majors:

The females’ majors: