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This information is under review. Changes will made for summer 2020.

Your performance on your chosen pre-sessional course will be assessed in a variety of different ways.

Successful completion of your course is defined as:

  • at least 90% attendance
  • completion of all assessments and tests
  • an overall pre-sessional assessment score of
    • at least 40% for academic programmes requiring 6.5 IELTS
      (20, 12 and 8 week programmes)
    • at least 50% for academic programmes requiring 7.0 IELTS
      (10 week programme)
  • a pass in the language and skills test (20 and 12 week programmes only).

Assessment methods

An extended academic style essay

The essay, which must follow a model provided by the course tutor, should be between 1,200-1,300 words, and contain a discursive element.

25% of final mark

Mid-course test

This consists of listening comprehension, reading comprehension and written data analysis.

15% of final mark

End-course test

Based on the academic and study skills you have learnt during the course, consisting of reading comprehension; listening comprehension; and a short written essay (350-400 words) using the reading sources, and listening information - containing a discursive element.

35% of final mark

Speaking assessment

  • You will be required to give an individual presentation of 5-6 minutes in length which will be formally assessed. The topic of the presentation will be related to students’ onward programme of study. (15%)
  • You will be required to participate in a group seminar of 12-15 minutes. The topic will be provided beforehand and notes can be used to support discussion. (10%)

25% of final mark

Language and skills test (20 and 12 week programmes only)

This focuses on language, structure and vocabulary common to an academic context. It also introduces you to basic academic skills in listening, reading and writing.