1. Testing & Assessment

All departments at ABU require a good command of English. Students at ABU are required to read, listen, write and speak in English at an Upper Intermediate level in order to attend their classes in their faculties. Therefore, the duty of the Testing Office is to place the students in their right level throughout the year.

  1. Placement Test

The students who are accepted to study at ABU are required to take the ABU English Language Placement Test to place them in their right levels. The test is held at the beginning of each academic year in the main campus during enrollment.

The Placement Test has two parts:

      1. A multiple choice online exam assessing grammar, vocabulary, reading and listening skills.
      2. A writing exam according to the level that the student was placed in during the first part of the exam.

Those whose scores are below the intermediate level on the English Placement Test are placed in the appropriate levels according to their scores. After students are placed into their levels and classes, their levels and classes are not changed.

The students who score Intermediate and above from the Placement Test have the opportunity to take the Proficiency Test in order to be exempt from English Language Training Program.

  1. Proficiency Test

The Proficiency Test is the exam that proves a student is proficient enough in English to study at his/her faculty. Therefore, a student finishing upper-intermediate level is expected to pass the test with hard work and dedication.

The Proficiency Test is administered three times in an academic year. The first test is done at the beginning of the year in September, the second is done at the end of the first semester (second module) in January, and the last one is done at the end of each academic year in June.

  • In order to take the January Proficiency Test, students have to be at least intermediate level.
  • Students failing due to absenteeism at any level in the second and fourth module cannot take the proficiency test in January.
  • The June Proficiency Test can be taken by all students without considering their level of English. However, if students fail due to absenteeism in the 4th Module, they cannot take the proficiency test in June; they can only take the Proficiency Test in September.

The Proficiency Test consists of 5 main sections;

20% Reading: Students are expected to read three reading texts and answer mainly multiple choice questions related to those texts.

20% Listening: Students are expected to do three listening activities (a lecture and two while-listening activities) and answer mainly multiple choice questions related to what they have heard.

20% Writing: Students are expected to write a 300+ word essay about a given topic.

15% Speaking: Students are expected to speak individually on a given topic.

15% Vocabulary: Students are expected to fill in the blanks with the vocabulary items given either in a paragraph (context) or in sentences. For this section, the vocabulary items are selected from the Upper-intermediate word lists.

10% Grammar: Students are expected to fill in the blanks either in a paragraph (context) or in sentences with the appropriate language forms. For this section, the students are responsible for all grammar topics they have studied in Intermediate and Upper-intermediate levels.

  • If upper intermediate students pass their level, 10% of their overall score will be added to their proficiency test score. For instance, if a student gets 70 (borderline pass) from upper intermediate level, 7 points will be added to their proficiency test score.
  • If intermediate students pass their levels, 5% of their overall score will be added to their proficiency test score. For example, if a student gets 70 (borderline pass) from intermediate level, 3.5 points will be added to their proficiency test score.
  • Pre-faculty students who successfully pass their level can directly start their faculty without taking the Proficiency Test.
  • Students who score 70 or above on the proficiency test can start taking their classes in the faculties they enrolled in.
  • Law Faculty students who score 60 or above on the proficiency test can start taking their classes in their faculties.
  • The students who score below 70 are required to continue their studies in the ELTP according to their level.

Students who submit any of the following internationally accepted exam scores can be exempted from the ELTP on condition that they pass the ABU Language Proficiency Test.

The accepted scores are:

Accepted Exams

Accepted Results

TOEFL IBT

79

PTE Academic

62 (each section min. 59 pts.)

FCE

B

CAE/CPE

C

  1. Level Tests

In each level students are assessed according to the assessment tools and percentages below:

Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate and Upper-intermediate Level Assessment Tools with Percentages

    1. Final 40% (Reading, Listening, Vocabulary & Grammar, Writing, Speaking)
    2. Midterm 20% (Reading, Listening, Vocabulary & Grammar)
    3. Portfolio (continues assessment) 40%
      • Learning Management System (LMS) Exercises 10%
      • Writing 10%
      • Speaking 10%
      • Homework and Participation 10%

A. Finals are out of 100 points. They are comprised of 6 main sections:

20% Reading: Students are expected to read two or three reading texts and answer mainly multiple choice questions related to those texts.

20% Listening:

In Elementary and Pre-intermediate levels, students are expected to do two or three listening activities and answer mainly multiple choice questions related to what they heard.

In Intermediate and Upper-intermediate levels, students are expected to listen to one lecture and two listening activities in which they are expected to answer mainly multiple choice questions related to what they have heard.

15% Vocabulary: Students are expected to fill in the blanks either in a paragraph (context) or in sentences with the vocabulary items they are given. The vocabulary items are selected from the word lists given to students at the beginning of each module according to their levels.

10% Grammar: Students are expected to answer fill in the blanks or multiple choice questions either in a context or a sentence.

15% Speaking: Students are expected to speak individually about a given topic.

20% Writing:

In Elementary and Pre-intermediate levels, students are expected to write a paragraph about the given topic. (word limits for Elementary: 80-100 words, Pre-intermediate: 120-180 words)

In Intermediate and Upper-intermediate levels, students are expected to write an essay about the given topic. (word limits for Intermediate: 200-250 words, Upper-intermediate 250-300 words)

B. Midterms are out of 50 and are multiplied by two. They are comprised of four main sections:

30% Reading: Students are expected to read two or three reading texts and answer mainly multiple choice questions related to those texts.

30% Listening:

In Elementary and Pre-intermediate levels, students are expected to do two or three listening activities and answer mainly multiple choice questions related to what they have heard.

In Intermediate and Upper-intermediate levels, students are expected to listen to one lecture and two listening activities. They are expected to answer mainly multiple choice questions related to what they have heard.

20% Vocabulary: Students are expected to fill in the blanks either in a paragraph (context) or in sentences with the vocabulary items they are given. The vocabulary items are selected from the word lists given to students at the beginning of each module according to their levels.

20% Grammar: Students are expected to answer multiple choice or fill in the blanks type of questions in the grammar section of the exam. 

C. Portfolio (Continues Assessment)

  • 10% Learning Management System (LMS): Students are required to buy original book sets for each level and keep the password that comes with the book. This password lets students access an online platform where they can practice English outside the class. They can do the exercises on a daily basis and instructors give feedback regularly. Students can activate the password after getting the necessary training for how to use it.

The assessment tools for Elementary and Pre-intermediate Empower LMS are as follows:

    • Workbook, Extension, Progress Test

The assessment tools for Intermediate and Upper-intermediate Unlock Reading and Writing, Listening and Speaking LMS are as follows:

    • Workbook
  • 10% Writing Tasks: There are two process writing tasks in each level. Students are expected to write their first draft in class on the set date and time. Then, in the following days, the instructor gives written feedback to each student about content, organization, grammar and vocabulary. After getting their feedback and grade for their 1st drafts, students then write the second draft in class and get their 2nd feedback and grade as before. Finally, teachers take the average of those two grades as the final grade. In the process writing tasks, students can use their hard copy dictionaries (no electronic dictionaries or any other kind of devices).
  • 10% Speaking Task: There are two types of speaking assessment in each level.
    • In elementary and pre-intermediate levels the speaking performances of the students are assessed based on two speaking task (5% each) in class on set dates. There are two steps of a speaking task, the first step includes warm up questions and the second step includes questions related to what they have learnt in their classes.
    • In Intermediate and Upper-intermediate levels, the speaking performances of the students are assessed based on a speaking task (5%) in class on a set date. They are also required to give a presentation (5%) which is assessed by their own teachers considering the performance of the student during the process in class on a set date.
  • 10% Homework and Participation: Students are assessed based on the following criteria; completing homework, being prepared for the lessons, attitude, participation and attendance in the classes.
  • To pass on to the next level or start their faculties, students must score 70 or above in total.

Pre-faculty Level Assessment Tools with Percentages

Pre-faculty assessment tools and percentages are slightly different from the rest of the levels. They are as follows:

  1. Final 50% (Reading, Listening, Vocabulary & Grammar, Writing, Speaking)
  2. Portfolio (continues assessment) 50%
    • Writing Tasks 10%
    • Speaking Task 10%
    • Homework & Participation 10%
    • Project 10%
    • LMS 10%

A. Finals are 100 points. They are comprised of 6 main sections:

  • 20% Reading: Students are expected to read two or three reading texts and answer mainly multiple choice questions related to those texts.
  • 20% Listening: Students are expected to do three listening activities (one lecture, two while-listening activities) and answer mainly multiple choice questions related to what they have heard.
  • 15% Vocabulary: Students are expected to fill in the blanks either in a paragraph (context) or in sentences with the vocabulary items they are given. The vocabulary items are selected from the word lists given to students at the beginning of each module.
  • 10% Grammar: Students are expected to answer fill in the blanks or multiple choice questions either in a context or a sentence.
  • 15% Speaking: Students are expected to speak individually and then discuss with an assigned partner on a given topic.
  • 20% Writing: Students are expected to write an essay in the Pre-faculty level about a given topic. (word limits for Pre-faculty: 300-350 words)

B. Portfolio

  • 10% Writing Tasks: There are two process writing tasks in the pre-faculty level. Students are expected to write their first draft in class on the set date and time. Then, in the following days, the instructor gives written feedback to each student about content, organization, grammar and vocabulary. After getting their feedback and grade for their 1st drafts, students then write the second draft in class and get their 2nd feedback and grade as before. Finally, teachers take the average of those two grades as the final grade. In the process writing tasks, students can use their hard copy dictionaries (no electronic dictionaries or any other kind of devices).
  • 10% Speaking Task: There are two types of speaking assessment in the pre-faculty level. The speaking performances of the students are assessed based on a speaking task (5%) in class on a set date. They are also required to give a presentation (5%) which is assessed by their own teachers considering the performance of the student during the process in class on a set date.
  • 10% Homework and Participation: Students are assessed based on the following criteria; completing homework, being prepared for the lessons, attitude, participation and attendance in the classes.
  •  10% Project: Students are required to follow the procedure given by their teachers to hold a debate between two classes.
  • 10% Learning Management System (LMS): Students are required to buy original book sets for each level and keep the password that comes with the book. This password lets students access an online platform where they can practice English outside the class. They can do the exercises on a daily basis and instructors give feedback regularly. Students can activate the password after getting the necessary training for how to use it.

To start their faculties, students must score 70 or above in total. They do not need to take proficiency test if they succeeded.

Testing & Assessment Member: Ayşe Öncel ayşe.oncel@antalya.edu.tr