Exemption Exams

ENG 101 EXEMPTION EXAM

The exam is designed to assess students’ proficiency in English to a level deemed appropriate to follow English medium undergraduate instruction without the support or the freshman English programme. Students that pass the exemption exam with 70% or above are exempt from the ENG 101 course.

The ENG 101 exemption exam features listening, reading, vocabulary and writing sections.

The listening section is worth 20 points and features a lecture on an academic topic, approximately ten minutes in length and played twice. Students respond to ten multiple choice questions with four options.

The reading section is worth 20 points and contains two short texts, approximately 300-500 words in total. Students answer ten multiple choice questions with four options each.

The vocabulary section is worth 20 points and contains a word formation activity, in which students select the correct word form to complete a paragraph containing five blanks. The section vocabulary task involves five sentence level cloze activities in which students select a correct response from four options.

The writing section is worth 40 points requires students to respond to a short prompt on a subject related to the reading and listening input. The students are supposed to acknowledge the authors when using these sources. The student’s text should be between 150 and 250 words.

ENG 101 – EXEMPTION EXAM WRITING SCALE

 

Content

(how well the task is addressed)

Language

(how grammar, vocabulary and mechanics are used)

5 points

A clear, interesting and thoughtful answer to the prompt is provided. 

Use of advanced language structures permits the student to express themselves without restriction. Errors are hardly noticeable.  A cohesive passage.

4 points

The message is clear but may lack originality and personal interpretation.

The student has the ability to use a range of structures to meet task demands. Errors are minor and do not impede communication.

 3 points

Gaps in topic coverage. Insufficient elaboration in the form of details and examples. Repetition of ideas.

Makes efforts to use a range of structures, which may result in miscommunication. Little effort to recover the message is required. Minor problems in cohesion. 

2 points

A. Some content is irrelevant to task topic.

B. Task requirements are not met due to problems with word limit (between 120 – 170).

Has difficulty expressing basic ideas due to limited range of structural resources. The text contains major errors but the meaning is retrievable with reader effort.

 1 point

A. Irrelevant topic coverage.

B. Substantially under the world limit (below 120).

Communication is compromised by the student’s inability to utilise a sufficient range of language. The text is broadly incomprehensible because of errors. Often lacks cohesion. 

  • If the writing task contains NO EVIDENCE from either reading text, deduct 2 points from the sub total.
  • If the writing task contains EVIDENCE from either reading text but NO ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, deduct 1 point from the sub total.
  • If the writing task contains CORRECT CITATION(S) but NO PARAPHRASE / QUOTE, deduct 1 point from the sub total.
  • If the text is COMPLETELY PLAGIARISED, the student directly gets “0” (zero).

ENG 102 EXEMPTION EXAM

The exam is designed to assess students’ proficiency in English to a level deemed appropriate to follow English medium undergraduate instruction without the support of the freshman English programme. Students that pass the exemption exam with 70% or above are exempt from the ENG 102 course.

The ENG 102 exemption exam features listening, reading, vocabulary and writing sections.

The listening section is worth 30 points features a lecture on an academic topic, approximately ten minutes in length and played twice. Students respond to ten multiple choice questions with four options.

The reading section is worth 30 points contains one long text, approximately 750 words in total. Students answer ten multiple choice questions with four options each.

The vocabulary section is worth 10 points contains a word formation activity, in which students select the correct word form to complete a paragraph containing five blanks. The section vocabulary task involves five sentence level cloze activities in which students select a correct response from four options.

The writing section is worth 30 points requires students to respond to a short prompt on a subject related to the reading and listening input. The student’s text should incorporate information from a graphic and be between 150 and 250 words.