Students who register to FIU departments where the medium of instruction is English are required to take the English Placement and Proficiency Exam at the beginning of the academic semester. Successful students gain the chance to continue to the Faculties/Schools, and enrol in courses offered in their registered programs. Students who are under level B1 are placed into IED courses for one or two semesters according to their levels as determined by the exam, which are: Beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate.
EXEMPTIONS FROM THE ENGLISH PLACEMENT and PROFICIENCY EXAM
Students meeting the minimum FIU requirements below may qualify for exemption from the FIU English Proficiency and Placement Exam.
a. IELTS 5.0 or above within 2 years of the date of application to the University.
b. TOEFL IBT 63 or above within 2 years of the date of application to the University.
c. Pearson Test of Academic English 46 within 2 years of the date of application to the University.
d. Cambridge English Scale: 154 within 2 years of the date of application to the University.
e. GCE or GCSE English Grade ‘C’ or equivalent high school qualification.
f. CEFR B1+ (high level B1) (internationally recognised and verifiable certificates only, obtained no more than 2 years before the date of application.)
g. Transfer students from English medium Universities who have successfully completed at least one semester of full-time study in their chosen program.
NOTES ON EXEMPTION:
ABOUT THE ENGLISH PLACEMENT and PROFICIENCY EXAM
Proficiency and Placement testing at FIU is conducted using an international computer-based exam. It comprises short tests of grammar, reading and vocabulary, and listening. Exam takers are objectively rated according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Students preparing for this exam should visit the related website where they can view sample tests and watch a preparatory video.
All students registering at FIU not meeting our exemption requirements have to take this exam.
According to the results:
a. Students scoring CEFR A0 and A1 will be placed in a one year intensive English program, comprising 25 hours of weekly intensive classroom study.
b. Students scoring CEFR A2 or CEFR B1 will be placed in a one semester intensive English program, comprising 25 hours of weekly intensive classroom study.
However, all students scoring just below B1 on the English Placement Exam will be asked to attend additional speaking and writing tests to assess if their skills in these areas would fall into the B1 category.
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