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 grade of 55 from the final Achievement Test (AT) 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 grade of 60 from the final Achievement Test (AT).
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) fall 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 performance 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 a support system, they are offered the same program with additional hours of language instruction.
Assessment components and the individual percentages for each level per term are as follows:
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 10% of their overall grade.
Mid Term Quizzes 30%
These exams are common quizzes. Students are informed about the dates of these common quizzes. Students who do not 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 30% of the overall grade.
Timed Writing Exam 10%
Students are tested once a term by means of a timed writing exam in order to assess their learning from the writing lessons conducted throughout the term. Students are informed about the date and the time of this exam. Students who do not take this exam receive a 0 (zero). Students who have a valid health report are excused from these tests, and they are given a make-up exam.
Productive Written Tasks 10%
Throughout the term, students are required to perform a variety of writing tasks in class that aim to provide them with language use practice. These tasks are given to students in class. There are no make-ups for these tasks, and students who do not take these tasks in class receive a 0 (zero). The grade they get from this component constitutes 10% of their overall grade.
Online Studies 10%
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 10% of their overall grade point average is made up of their performance from this component.
End of Term Achievement Test 30%
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 30% 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 end-of-year success rate of the students.