1. PREP SCHOOL CURRICULUM
1.1. What kind of a prep school program will I have during this year?
There are 3 groups in prep school program according to students’ English levels. These groups are A: Elementary; B: Pre-Intermediate; C:Intermediate. All groups have 20 hours of English lessons. In each group there are four basic lessons which areCore Language, Reading, Writing and Listening-Speaking.
1.2. What kind of material is used and how can I learn the materials that I am going to use in prep school education?
All the lessons have different books which are announced at the beginning of each academic year in prep school building in the bulletin boards and Material Office. Books are sold in prep school building for the first 2 weeks of the academic year.
1.3. Can I buy the books from the previous year students?
Books can change each year so before buying the books, be sure that your book list is same with the previous year. We recommend our students to use original first hand books for their success. As second hand books have all the answers, it may have a negative effect on your success. When buying your books, take this situation into consideration.
1.4. Can the students use the Material Office?
Students can’t use the Material Office directly but their prep teachers can give them different materials like hundreds of English subtitled films, series, readers or extra worksheets if they want.
1.5. What is the attendance limit during prep class program?
Students have to attend 85% of the classes in the preparatory program. The ones that do not comply with the attendance conditions will be considered unsuccessful. (Article 15)
2. EXAMS AND ASSESSMENT OF SUCCESS
2.1. What are the requirements for being exempt from foreign language preparatory program?
ARTICLE 12 – (1) Among students who first register for the departments which have a foreign language preparatory program;
a) The ones who are succeed in getting 70% and above in the proficiency exam which takes place at the beginning of the term.
b) The ones who prove they have gotten 70 or above in UDS or KPDS or a desired point in one of the national and/or international foreign language exams which are considered as equivalent by the Intercollegiate Institution are exempt from foreign language preparatory program. To take this point achieved in one of these exams into assessment, less than three years must have passed after the date the exam is taken.
(2) The situation of the students who come to attend by way of horizontal or vertical transfer or who are placed at universities by OSYM (Student Selection and Placement Center) is decided by the School’s Board of Directors.
(3) The students who do not comply with the conditions in the first and second items of this article continue with the foreing language preparatory program. The students who are successful in the proficiency exam are rewarded with a certificate of success.
2.2. What are the exams I will take during the preparatory program? And what is the criteria for grading in the assessment
of exams during the term?
During the preparatory education, there is a total of six midterms including two written and one speaking midterm every semester. These exams correspond to 30% of the general point average. (Written exams are composed of four sections which are Listening, Reading, Writing and Grammar)
In addition, during one year of preparatory education, a total of 16 quizzes are applied including at least four quizzes for every skill (Grammar, Reading, Listening and Writing). These quizzes are not announced beforehand and correspond to 10% of general point average.
At the end of the year, a final exam takes place which covers 60% of the general point average. Like the proficiency exam applied at the beginning of the year, the final exam is composed of two sessions. The first session is composed of a written exam which covers 90% of the final exam and this written exam is also composed of four parts including Listening, Grammar, Reading and Writing skills. The second session, on the other hand, is a speaking exam which covers 10% of the final exam.
2.3. How can I get information about the exams like the time and place of the exam and the results?
The classes where the exam will take place and the time of the exams are announced online on the website of the School of Foreign Languages or on the announcement boards inside the building at least one day before the day of the exam.
The exam results are announced on the website and PUSULA system within a week following the exam.
2.4. Is there any chance for me to re-take the exams if I have a fair and valid reason during the term?
ARTICLE 17 – (1) In case of approval of the excuses of the students who do not take the midterm exams due to reasons found fair and valid by the School’s Board of Directors and document their situation within 10 days after the exam, a make-up exam takes place in place of those midterm exams on the dates before the final exam determined by the board responsible for that department. There are no make-up exams for proficiency, the test of level, and the final exams.
2.5. Can I take the proficiency exam at the end of the year if I exceed the attendance hours?
ARTICLE 15 – (1) Students have to attend 85% of the classes in the preparatory program. The ones that do not comply with the attendance conditions will be considered unsuccessful. The School of Foreign Languages informs the departments of the situations of these students. These students cannot attend the proficiency exams which take place in the middle and at the end of the term, but they can take the proficiency exam at the beginning of the next term.
2.6. I think that my level of English is too low. Is it possible for me not to take the placement test or if I leave my exam
Placement tests are the exams which are applied in order for students to start their language education from the most appropriate level. It will be for your own benefit that these exams, which are prepared in the light of professional and scientific experiments, determine the most appropriate level for you. In the previous years, the students who did not take this exam thinking their level of English was too low, thus started their education from the elementary level recognized that the elementary level was too easy and had to make too much effort to change their level for a higher one.
Similarly, besides not taking this exam, taking the exam and answering the questions you do not know could be an obstacle in the way of your being placed on the right level. For instance, getting a high point on that exam with the help of luck can cause your being placed on a much higher level than your own, thus being unsuccessful in the end.
For this reason, it is best for every student to take the placement test and answer the questions in a most suitable manner.
2.7. Can I make an objection if I get a lower point than I expect?
The objection for the exams is given to the board of directors of the responsible department written and within 5 work days following the announcement date of the exam results regarding the error of fact. (Article 16)
2.8. Could I transfer to a different level according to the success of my exam results?
ARTICLE 14 – (1) The students registering for the foreign language preparatory program could transfer to a lower or higher level during the academic year with the suggestion of the instructors and approval of the School’s Board of Directors.
2.9. Can I register for the summer school in the case of a failure due to attendance?
Yes, you can.