AUPP is committed to student success. All classes are taught in English. Students need to be proficient and confident enough in their abilities to undertake an entire curriculum in English. This university uses a series of placement tests to evaluate students’ English skills and place them in appropriate classes if they do not have the required IELTS or TOEFL scores.
A. Accuplacer (Computer – 2 hours)
The Accuplacer test is used to give the university an indication of an applicant’s overall English language ability. It is a multiple choice test developed by The College Board, a recognized and widely used testing agency in the U.S. The test consists of 3 sections: reading comprehension, sentence skills, and language in use. On average, it takes approximately 2 hours to complete.
B. Additional Testing (Pen and paper, Essay and Interview – 1 hr 30 mins)
AUPP requires all applicants to complete a paper and pen test, write an essay and be interviewed to evaluate their writing, speaking, reading and listening skills if they do not have the required IELTS or TOEFL scores. The scores from the placement tests allow the university to assess students’ English abilities and determine in which classes they should be placed.
The paper and pen test: This is a multiple-choice test that has 40 questions that must be answered in 30 minutes. It measures your grammar, vocabulary and English in use.
To succeed in collegiate coursework, students must be able to write in English at a high level. University courses require students to not only comprehend readings and lectures, but also to critically analyse what they are learning and present insightful, researched ideas in writing. AUPP requires applicants to write an essay in order to assess their writing abilities. Students are given 45 minutes to read a prompt, consider the questions asked, and present a response in a clear, well-organized essay. The writing assessment evaluates the following skills: grammar and punctuation; organisational skills; vocabulary; and the use of evidence, specific details, and critical thinking.
The 15-minute interview is used to assess the following listening and speaking skills: comprehension; grammar and vocabulary; pronunciation and clarity, and the use of critical thinking and complex thoughts.