Formal assessment procedures used by the English Unit include formative and summative assessments. The formative assessment involves midterm exams. They provide qualitative feedback for both the students and the instructors on their performance and the programme. Summative assessment involves the Exemption Exam and the Final Exam, which are aimed to monitor the educational outcomes. The details of the assessment procedures are as follows:
At Pre-elementary and Elementary levels, midterm exams include 3 written exams and 2 speaking exams per semester. Written exams include Listening Comprehension, Use of English, Reading Comprehension and Writing Parts.
At Pre-intermediate, Intermediate and Advanced levels, midterm exams include 3 written exams, 1 speaking exam and 1 presentation per semester. Written exams consist of Note-taking, Core, Reading Comprehension and Writing Parts. Course instructors score the exam papers.
Two instructors give speaking exams. Student's performance is evaluated according to a rubric and the assessment score is written in a way that cannot be seen by the student.
The Final Exam includes a Listening Part (10 points), Use of English Part (30 points) and Reading Comprehension Part (40 points), all of which are comprised of multiple choice questions checked by an optical reader. The Writing Part (20 points) of the Final, Summer School and Make-up exams is evaluated by a group of assessors. These groups are arranged as first and second check group and third check and listing group. Papers are distributed to the first group in equal numbers by the writing coordinator. The exam papers are evaluated according to a given rubric. Each paper is evaluated twice by a different instructor. Mean scores are calculated by the second group. If the difference is more than 5 points, third assessor evaluates the paper and calculates the mean point*.
The Exemption Exam is given to students who want exemption from the Preparatory Class Programme and who want to start directly to their department first year programme. Those who have scored 70 points pass the exam. Exemption Exam includes Use of English Part (50 points) and Reading Comprehension Part (50 points), all of which are comprised of multiple choice questions checked by an optical reader.The following table shows the equivalent scores of other tests for the Exemption Exam.
*The content of the Exemption Exam and Final Exam for the ELLTIS groups is different from the exams for other groups. Students are also given a speaking exam (100 points) on a different date. 70% of the written exam and 30% of the speaking exam are added to calculate the exam result.