Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment and Evaluation

The Proficiency Test

Foundation English School Exemption Criteria

New students who are admitted to English language medium departments are required to take Foundation English School (FES) English Proficiency Examination. However, students who confirm their English language proficiency levels with one of the valid certificates indicated in Table 1 can be exempted from the Foundation English School program.  Additionally, students who successfully complete the Foundation English School program at a university and Master students who pursue their  undergraduate studies in an English medium program are also exempted from FES examination and program.  However, all the valid documents indicating students’ English language proficiency levels have to be submitted to Student Services and Foundation English School administration before the student sits FES proficiency exam and commences FES English language program.  Please note that the referred certificates are not accepted after the students take the exam and enrol FES program.


All the newly admitted GAU students who do not have an English language certificate are required to take FES proficiency examination and they are placed into A1, A2, B1, and B2 English language levels in consideration with the grades they obtain from the exam.


 Table 1:  Exemptions from Foundation English School Program

Faculty and Departments requiring minimum 60/100 on the GAU FES English Proficiency Exam (All English medium departments except for the Faculty and Departments indicated in the second column)

Faculty and Departments requiring minimum 80/100 on the GAU FES English Proficiency Exam

(Faculty of Pharmacy, English Literature , Translation and Interpretation and English Language Teaching Departments & Master Students).

IELTS (minimum 5.0).


(Not valid for students from Turkey)

IELTS (Minimum 5.5)


(Not valid for students from Turkey)

TOEFL IBT (minimum 60)

TOEFL IBT (minimum 65)

TOEFL CBT (minimum 170)

TOEFL CBT (minimum 183)

TOEFL PBT (minimum 497)

TOEFL PBT (minimum 513)

GCE/IGCSE (Minimum C)

GCE/IGCSE (Minimum B)

FCE (Minimum C)

FCE (Minimum B)

CPE/CAE (Minimum C)

CPE/CAE (Minimum B)

SAT : Writing:Minimum 340

         Reading: Minimum 400

         Total: Minimum 740

SAT : Writing:Minimum 350

         Reading: Minimum 410

         Total: Minimum 760

PTE:Minimum 40

PTE:Minimum 46


IELTS: International English Language Testing System

TOEFL IBT: Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language.

TOEFL PBT: Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language.

TOEFL CBT: Computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language.

GCE: General Certificate of Education

IGCSE: International General Certificate of Secondary Education

FCE: First Certificate in English

CAE: Certificate in Advanced English

CPE: Certificate of  Proficiency in English

SAT: The SAT Reasoning Test (Formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test)

PTE: Pearson Test of English


Assessment and Evaluation

With respect to the assessment and evaluation, learners are assessed by means of both formal and informal continuous assessment methods and techniques which include written examinations, oral presentations, written course work assessment, language proficiency tests, portfolios, self-assessment and tests.


The students at A1/A2, A2, and B1 are assessed twice in one semester. The mid-term exam is administered after 7 weeks of instruction and the final examination is administered after 15 weeks of the commencement of the English language instruction. A1/A2 and A2 students who achieve a pass mark of 60% or above procede to Level B1. B1 students who achieve a pass mark of 60% or above are eligible to sit the Proficiency Exam in order to be able proceed to their faculty of their choice. The Proficiency Exam is given at the end of each semester to students whose final exam results indicate that theyhave a reasonable chance of achieving a high enough grade to move to the Faculty. The pass grade for English medium department students is 60% or above whereas the pass grade for some specific departments such as Department of Pharmacy, English Language Teaching, Translation and Interpretation, English Literature Bachelor’s degree or Master Programme students is 80% or above. Students who do not sit or do not pass the Proficiency exam at the end of the semester will remain in FES. FES students can appeal to any of their test results by writing a petition to FES Administrative Coordinator. Forms can be obtained from FES Secretary.


 Assessment Handbook and Sample Examination Paper



A2 Answer Key

A2 Track



B1/B2 Answer Key

B1/B2 Track