Students who register at Koç University are required to pass the Koç University English Proficiency Exam (KUEPE) or provide a valid English proficiency exam score accepted by the university to start studying at their departments.

KUEPE and Placement Exam

Students who are eligible to register at Koç University and do not submit a valid English proficiency exam score accepted by the university during the registration are required to take the Placement Exam. This exam aims to determine students’ English language level through multiple choice questions assessing reading (vocabulary) and grammar. Placement Exam will be administered and proctored online/remotely at 10:00 on Thursday, September 9, 2021 and at 10:00 on Friday, September 10, 2021. All students who are eligible to register at Koç University but do not submit a valid English proficiency exam score accepted by the university during the registration- including those who have not finalized the registration process yet and those who have decided to study at the preparatory program because they know very little English- are required to take the Placement exam. The Placement Exam lists and detailed information about the exam will be available on the ELC website at 17:00 on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, and they will also be sent to students’ KU email addresses and personal email addresses. All students are expected to check the website and their emails regularly.

Placement Exam results will be announced on the ELC website at 20:00 on Friday, September 10, 2021. Students who do not get the required score to be able to take the KUEPE will be placed at an appropriate level in the preparatory program according to their scores. Students who get the required score in the Placement Exam will be eligible to take the KUEPE, which will be administered and proctored online/remotely between September 11-15, 2021. KUEPE assesses four main skills, namely reading, listening, writing and speaking, as well as grammar and vocabulary. The detailed information about the KUEPE content is available on the ELC website. KUEPE will take place on the following dates:

September 11, 2021, Saturday, 13:00                                          Writing
September 13, 2021, Monday, 10:00                                           Reading, Use of English, Listening
September 14-15, 2021, Tuesday-Wednesday, 9:00-17:30  Speaking (10-min appointments)

The detailed exam information will be available on the ELC website at 17:00 on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, and they will also be sent to students’ KU email addresses and personal email addresses.

The digital environment, technical requirements, and rules regarding the exam administration, based on respect for the right to personal and family privacy and principles pertaining to personal data protection, are available on the ELC website. Taking the above mentioned online exams is subject to and therefore will require consent of students.

KUEPE results will be announced on the ELC website at 18:00 on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Students who get 60 out of 100 in total from the KUEPE will be able to enroll in their departments. Students who take the KUEPE but score less than 60 out of 100 will be placed at an appropriate level in the preparatory program according to their scores in KUEPE and the Placement Exam and will study at ELC for at least one semester depending on their level. It is very important for our students to take these exams in order to be placed at the level that will enable them to get the best language education possible to successfully pursue their academic studies.

Accepted External Exams

Students who submit one of the following exams with the minimum required scores listed below will be exempt from the preparatory program and directly become freshman.

  • YDS / E-YDS: 80 out of 100. (Valid for 5 years)
  • TOEFL IBT*: 80/20 on the writing section. If the student takes the exam outside of Turkey, he or she may petition the Executive Council for getting the exam score accepted. My Best Score reports are not accepted. (Valid for 2 years)
  • PTE Academic* (Pearson Test of English): 67 out of 90. (Valid for 2 years)
  • CAE/CPE*: Grade of C. (Valid for 3 years)

*Per the latest instruction letter for Foreign Language Exam Equivalencies issued by the Center for Selection and Placement of Students (OSYM), in order for an international language exam taken in Turkey to be accepted as equivalent, it must be taken in a state university building.

Students with a valid TOEFL IBT score are required to have their original score report form sent to our university by ETS. Our university code is 0163. Student copies are not considered as a valid document. If the official document has not arrived at the university by the registration period, student copies will be temporarily processed. In this case these students will be required to fill out and sign a form indicating that their official TOEFL score report will be sent to our university within 1 month.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

  • What should I do if I do not receive the emails sent to my KU email account?

Please check the Spam box in your email account first and contact the IT department for support as soon as possible. IT contact information: IT@ku.edu.tr Phone: +90 212 3381111

  • What should I do to take the online exams?

The detailed information about the digital environment, technical requirements, and rules regarding the online exam administration is available on the ELC website. All students are expected to read the documents carefully and make the necessary arrangements to take the exams.

  • How can I access the Blackboard system?

There will be an announcement on the ELC website at 17:00 on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 about a webinar recording for students to get basic information about how to access and use Zoom and Blackboard. All students are advised to watch the webinar and make sure they can access and use these systems at least a day before the Placement Exam.

  • Do I have to take the Placement Exam? Is it possible to take the KUEPE without taking the Placement Exam?

You have to take the Placement Exam. Only those who get the required exam score from the Placement Exam will be eligible to take the KUEPE.

  • Am I required to take the Placement Exam before taking an external exam that you accept? Or if I have a valid external exam score, do I have to take the Placement Exam?

If you submit a valid English proficiency exam score accepted by the university during the registration, you do not have to take the Placement Exam. However, if you do not submit a valid exam score during the registration or if you are not sure whether the result you submit will be approved, then you are required to take the Placement Exam.

  • If I am sure that my English is insufficient and I need to start from the Foundation level, do I still have to take the Placement Exam?

Yes, you do. You have to take the Placement Exam so that you are placed at the most appropriate level based on reliable test results. No one will be placed at a level without taking the Placement Exam.

  • May I access a sample of the Placement Exam? Do I need to study for this exam?

There is no sample for the Placement Exam, and it does not require any preparation. It is a 45-minute exam including 80 multiple-choice questions assessing reading (vocabulary) and grammar. This exam aims to measure students’ current level of English, and its results are not used for exemption purposes. Therefore, students are expected to answer all questions that they can so that they are placed at an appropriate level.

  • May I access a sample of the KUEPE?

The detailed information about the KUEPE content is available on the ELC website. For the students who get the required score from the Placement Exam, an online practice KUEPE will be available on Blackboard from 11.09.2021 Saturday 10:00 to 13.09.2020 Sunday 08:00 to help you familiarize yourself with the exam procedures for the Reading, Use of English and Listening parts of the exam.

The purpose of this practice is to help you experience the process of taking online exams through our Blackboard system, so the results of the practice exam will not reflect the actual exam results. Each student will have the opportunity to take it individually in their own time. You will receive detailed information about the practice exam at 15:30 on Saturday, September 11, 2021 via your KU and personal emails. There will not be any sample or practice for the writing and speaking parts of the KUEPE.

  • Is there a makeup for the KUEPE? Will it be administered again?

No. There is no makeup for the KUEPE. If you miss the exam for any reason, you may consider taking an external exam accepted by the university and submit a valid score by the deadline stated on the academic calendar.

  • What is the deadline to submit a valid passing exam score?

Per the academic calendar, you may submit it by Wednesday, September 29, 2021 to be able to start studying at your department.

  • How many levels are there in the ELC?

There are 4 levels:

  • Foundation
  • Pre-Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Upper Intermediate
  • When will I learn my level?

You will learn your level at the preparatory program at 12:00 on Friday, September 17, 2021 on the ELC website.

  • Where can I find more detailed information about the preparatory program?

Please check the ELC website for program details first, and for further questions you may contact ELC@ku.edu.tr.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to say “welcome to our university” and wish you all the best in your academic life.

English Language Center Directorate