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UIS Exit Exam

The UIS Exit Exam is an English language exam available for conditionally admitted international undergraduates at the end of their final semester of ESL coursework. Passing the UIS Exit Exam means a student has met the UIS English proficiency requirements for international undergraduates.

Note: The Exit Exam may only be taken once per semester for a maximum of two (2) times. The Exit Exam may be taken in place of standardized English-proficiency exams (e.g. UIS-Administered Exam, TOEFL, IELTS).

The two components of the Exit Exam

  • writing sample
    • task: respond (provide an opinion) to a prompt (a statement and/or a situation)
    • one (1) hour to complete
    • test will be conducted in a UIS computer lab
    • this section is scored by a faculty of the Department of English
  • oral interview :
    • task: give a 7 to 12 minute informative presentation in front of a small audience of one, two, or three examiners
    • you need not write a new speech; use the informative presentation from your LNG course
    • this section is scored by a faculty from the Department of Communication

How to schedule an Exit Exam

  • The two sections of the Exit Exam need not be completed on the same day. All test-takers sit for the written component together. The oral interview is scheduled individually.
  • The ESL/IEP Coordinator schedules test dates. Those who are eligible to sit for the exam will be contacted by the English as a Second Language Program.

Grading

You must pass both sections in order to pass the Exit Exam. Exams are graded on a Pass/Fail scale where a C (73%) and above is passing and a C- (72%) and below is failing.

Here is the Written rubric. A “3″ is equivalent to a “C.”

The ESL Program will notify you of your score within two weeks of the exam.

Note: Results are final.

How to Prepare

The written component is similar to the TOEFL Independent Writing Task. Give yourself a total of one hour to practice brainstorming, plan, write, and edit a response to a prompt. Be sure to use specific examples in your writing. Then ask a friend, a Center for Teaching and Learning TA, or an ESL instructor to make comments.

To find prompts, do an internet search for TOEFL writing prompts. You may also come to the CTL and use the book 501 Writing Prompts located in the Test Prep section of the resource library.

Questions

All questions about the Exit Exam should be directed to the English as a Second Language Program office.