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Assessment

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).

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