ITU English Proficiency Exam is designed to determine students' readiness for their academic studies in English. Students must score 60 or higher on the proficiency exam in order to begin studying in their faculties at Istanbul Technical University.


The exam is held in 2 sessions, and only students with a passing score (30 out of 60) in the first session can take the second session of the exam. To pass the exam, students need to have a minimum score of 20 out of 40 in the second session.

Session 1: Language Comprehension & Reading

Session 2: Writing & Listening

Session 1:

Language Comprehension
The aim of this section of the exam is to test students’ abilities to recognize grammar structures commonly used in general and academic texts. Each question requires students to choose the best alternative that expresses the meaning in the given sentence. There are 15 questions in this section. This section is worth 15 points (1 point for each question).

Reading
There are 4 reading texts (up to 600 words each) in the exam. Students answer comprehension questions after reading the texts. The question types vary from main idea questions to specific information and inference questions.  There are 30 multiple-choice questions in total in this section, worth 45 points. (1,5 points for each question).

Session 2:

Writing

 Students are expected to write an academic essay* and may be asked to write a cause or an effect essay. Students are given 2 questions to choose from. Then, they write an essay of about 250-350 words on the topic they choose.  This section of the exam is worth 20 points.

 * The academic essay should be written in this format: an introduction paragraph, two body paragraphs and a conclusion paragraph.

Listening
Students need to take notes as they listen to a lecture (about 10 minutes in length) in this section. Once they finish listening, they are given questions which they answer by using their notes. There are 10 multiple-choice questions in this section, worth 20 points (2 points for each question).

The details about the content and duration of the exam are given in the table below:

ITU English Proficiency Exam 1st Session (120 minutes)

Exam Content

Number of Questions

Points for Each Question

Total Points

Language Comprehension

15

1

15

Reading Comprehension

30

1,5

45

Total



60


 

ITU English Proficiency Exam 2nd Session (90 minutes)

Exam Content

Number of Questions

Points for Each Question

Total Points

Writing

1

20

20

Listening

10

2

20

Total



40


Previous Exams

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Valid Tests and Scores

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Exam Dates

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Announcing ITU Proficiency Exam Scores

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