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Foundation Year assessment

How will I be assessed at Foundation Year?

Precise assessment details are different for each paper, and students will be given full information when the paper starts.



General assessment

  • Every paper is assessed using a mixture of internal assessment and a final exam.
  • The proportions of internal assessment to exam assessment are different for each paper, but the final exam will always count for at least 60% of the final mark.
  • For each paper, you will receive a final percentage, and a corresponding grade.
  • Each grade has a points value, and this is used to calculate your Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Your GPA is the final result for your programme of study.
  • To gain entrance to university, you must achieve a final GPA of 6.5 or more, and achieve a C grade or better across Academic English I and Academic English II. This equates to a "C" average in every one of your papers.
  • At the end of the course you will receive a Certificate of Completion, and a Statement of Results. This will list all of your papers and the results, along with your GPA.
  • Throughout the course you will receive regular feedback to indicate your progress.



Internal assessment

Each paper is different, but internal assessment may include:

  • Tests
  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Lab tests
  • Lab assignments
  • Final exams are usually formal, written exams, and most are two hours long. Types of questions may include multiple choice, short answer, and long answer.