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.
- 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.
Each paper is different, but internal assessment may include:
- Written assignments
- 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.