English Language Programs

Assessment

Assessment Components

Assessment components and the individual percentages for each level per term are as follows;

Assessment Criteria

For a student to complete Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 successfully, they need to get a 60 average from all the assessment components throughout the term with a minimum of 55 final Achievement Test (AT) grade or get a minimum of 75 from the AT at the end of the term. In order to complete Level 5 -the exit level of the Preparatory Program- students need to get a 60 average from all the assessment components throughout the term with a minimum of 60 final Achievement Test (AT) grade.

For levels 1, 2, 3, and 4, students who get a 60 average from all the assessment components throughout the term with a minimum grade of 55-60 from the final Achievement Test (AT) falls into the category of borderline pass. The students in this group are given a chance to move on to the next level due to their efforts and performances within the term. As the performance of this group is found to be promising in terms of achieving the outcomes of the new level with support systems, they are offered the same program with additional 5 hour language instruction.

Assessment components and the individual percentages for each level per term are as follows;

Attendance 5% 
Students are expected to regularly attend all their lessons in the English Preparatory Program. Absenteeism is recorded each day by the teacher and 5% of the student’s grade point average per term is made up of their attendance. Students are allowed to miss 10 class hours without being penalized. However, absenteeism for every 5 class hours after that results in a reduction of 1 point from the student’s overall attendance average. When a student doesn’t attend 35 or more lessons per term (8 weeks), then this student’s overall attendance average is 0 (zero). 

Participation 5% 
Students are expected to come to lessons on time and prepared with their materials, books and notebooks. They are also expected to participate during the lessons. Throughout the term, students are evaluated by each of their instructors according to the criteria, and the grade they get from this component constitutes 5% of their overall grade.

Mid Term Quizzes 30% 
These are common quizzes, and students cannot be excused from these and/or given a make-up test. Students may or may not be informed about the dates of these common quizzes. Students who don’t take these quizzes receive a 0 (zero) from each test that they miss. Students who have a valid health report are excused from these quizzes. Common quizzes constitute 25% of the overall grade. Quizzes given by teachers (non-common quizzes) constitute 5% of the overall grade.   

Timed Writing Exams 15%
Students are tested twice a term by means of timed writing tests in order to assess their learning from the writing lessons conducted throughout the term. Students are informed about the date and the time of these tests. Students who don’t take these quizzes receive a 0 (zero) from each test that they miss. Students who have a valid health report are excused from these tests. In order to assess the writing skills of students who were unable to take both tests, make-up tests can be given. These students must provide valid health reports.  

Learning Support 5%
Throughout the term, students are required to perform a variety of tasks that aim to provide them with language use practice. These tasks are given to students in class and as homework. The grade they get from this component constitutes 5% of their overall grade.

Online Studies 5%

Students are required to do the written, spoken and online productive tasks given periodically by their instructors. The passwords given when they purchase their books are used for the online tasks of this component. Their instructors evaluate and assess these productive tasks according to the criteria and 5% of their overall grade point average is made up of their performance from this component.

End of Term Achievement Test 35%
This exam is given over two days at the end of each term. One day is allocated for the speaking component of the test and one day is allocated for the written component. This exam comprises 35% of a student’s overall grade point average. Students are required to get a minimum of 55% from the final AT for Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and a minimum of 60% for Level 5 regardless of their overall score. However, if a student is awarded 75% or more from this test, they can go on to the following level regardless of their termly grade point average.

P.S.: According to an analysis of data collected over the years, the final grade of a student corresponds to the quiz and timed writing grades received during the term.  There is a 3 point discrepancy between the final grade and the quiz and timed writing grades for 95% of the students that missed an exam during the term. The results indicate that regular class attendance and participation is effective in increasing the termly and en-of-year success rate of the students.

 

Level Pass/Fail Descriptors

Fail:

Overall grade: Below 50 & AT exam result: Below 55

Your grades do not provide any evidence of the achievement of the level objectives to continue to the next level. As your grades do not indicate even a basic grasp of the level objectives, you will need to repeat the same level. You can only gain the necessary knowledge and skills upon repeating the level if you attend classes regularly, study hard, and make use of all the support systems the program provides you with.


Borderline Fail:

Overall grade: Above 60 & AT exam result: Below 55

Overall grade: Below 60 & AT exam result: Above 55

Your grades do not provide sufficient evidence of even minimal achievement of the level objectives to continue to the next level. You will need to repeat the same level. However, your basic grasp of the level objectives is promising in providing you a good base to become successful upon repeating the level if you attend classes regularly, study hard and make use of all the support systems the program provides you with.

 

Borderline Pass:

Overall grade: 60-69  &  AT exam result: 55-59

You have partially achieved the objectives of the course. Although your final exam grade is not a pass grade, you are allowed to move on to the next level due to your efforts and your performance within the term. Your grades indicate that you have the potential to be successful in achieving the objectives of the new level and we will be supporting you by providing you 5 hours more instruction each week in addition to your regular program. If you attend classes regularly, study hard and make use of all the support systems the program provides you with, you can pass the level.

 

Average Pass (The minimum grade requirement for Level 5 students):

Overall grade: 60-69  &  AT exam result: 60-69

Your performance is of a satisfactory nature.  Your grades and achievement demonstrate sufficient achievement of the level objectives in order to continue to the next level. Your grades indicate that you can be successful in achieving the objectives of the new level if you attend classes regularly, study hard and make use of all the support systems the program provides you with.

 

Merit Pass:

Overall grade: 60-79  &  AT exam result: 70-79

Overall grade: 70-79  &  AT exam result 60-79

Your grades and achievement demonstrate a strong achievement of the level objectives, a high level of attainment, and full readiness to continue to the next level. Your success is a promising sign that you will be highly successful in achieving the objectives of the new level if you complete all the course requirements.

 

Outstanding pass: 

Overall grade: Above 80 & AT exam result: Above 70

Overall grade: Above 70 & AT exam result: Above 80

Your grades and achievement demonstrate outstanding achievement of the objectives, a superior quality of attainment, and full readiness to continue to the next level. Your success is an exceptionally promising sign that you will be highly successful in achieving the objectives of the new level if you complete all the course requirements.

 

AT based Pass:

Overall grade: Below 60 & Final Grade 75-100

Although your performance within the term does not provide enough evidence of the achievement of the level objectives, your AT grade indicates a high level of attainment and readiness to continue to the next level. It is obvious that your AT grade is based on your prior knowledge of the language and not on what you have learnt from the level course. Please be aware that this might not be enough to be successful in the upper levels that have more demanding objectives.   

 

Level Grade Descriptors

Level Overall Grade

Below 40: Has shown nearly no effort to learn and achieve the outcomes

40-50: Has not shown enough effort to learn and achieve the outcomes

50-60: Has shown some effort to learn and achieve the outcomes, but should have studied and tried more 

60 and above: Has shown effort to learn and achieve the outcomes  

 

Level Grade Average for Outcome Assessment

0-30: Your grades do not provide any evidence of the achievement of the level objectives

30-40: Your grades do not provide sufficient evidence of even minimal achievement of the level objectives

40-50: Your grades provide evidence of minimal achievement of the level objectives

50-60: Your grades indicate partial achievement of the level objectives

60-70: Your grades and achievement demonstrate sufficient achievement of the level objectives

70-100: Your grades and achievement demonstrate a strong achievement of the level objectives

 

Level Achievement Test Grade

0-30: Your grade does not provide any evidence of the achievement of the level objectives

30-40: Your grade does not provide sufficient evidence of even minimal achievement of the level objectives

40-50: Your grade provides evidence of minimal achievement of the level objectives

50-60: Your grade indicates partial achievement of the level objectives

60-70: Your grade and achievement demonstrate sufficient achievement of the level objectives

70 -100: Your grade and achievement demonstrate a strong achievement of the level objectives

 

BEPP Exit Exam Grade

0-30: Your grade do not provide any evidence of the achievement of the level objectives

30-40: Your grade do not provide sufficient evidence of even minimal achievement of the level objectives

40-50: Your grade provides evidence of minimal achievement of the level objectives

50-60: Your grade indicate partial achievement of the level objectives

60-70: Your grade and achievement demonstrate sufficient achievement of the level objectives

70-100: Your grade and achievement demonstrate a strong achievement of the level objectives