English Proficiency Examination will be administered on Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008

The English Proficiency Examination will be administered on Tuesday, March 18, 2008.

The English Proficiency examination will be administered on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. in the MLK Auditorium. (Students should arrive at the test site at least 15 minutes before the exam begins.) No student will be allowed to take the test once the exam is in progress. Therefore, it is mandatory that you be prepared to take the exam promptly at 2:00 p.m.

The grammar portion may be taken in the ETS Assessment Center located in Nance Hall, room B117 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, January 22 thru March 15th.

The Speech portion of the examination will be administered on Tuesday, March 18th, from 3:00 pm – 5:00 in the Old Dawn Center Building 1.

It is mandatory that All parts of the examination be taken during this time. Anyone missing any part of the examination will not receive a grade for the English Proficiency Exam.

*All three parts of this examination must be completed during the testing period. No make-ups will be given.

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The English Proficiency Examination is a graduation requirement instituted by the University that must be taken during the Junior or Senior year. The examination consists of objective questions (concerned with grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and diction), a two-page essay to be written on a topic chosen by the English faculty, and a speech segment.

The English Proficiency requirement in Composition exists to insure that all students demonstrate a required level of proficiency in: 1) Using English as an effective means of written communication; 2) Writing with facility at the level of writing demanded by courses throughout the University; 3) Supporting statements with specific details or relevant evidence; 4) Presenting a recognizable point of view or aim; 5) Adapting tone and style to the needs of the audience and to the demands of the occasion; 6) Varying sentence structure, length, and style; 7) Employing vocabulary appropriate to the subject matter; 8) Exercising command over standard written English; especially in spelling, punctuation, inflections, mechanics and diction.


If you are a transfer student and have taken the English Proficiency at another institution, it is the policy of South Carolina State University that you must retake the examination at this institution.


For needed assistance, students are encouraged to contact the Computer-Assisted Writing Center, consult with regular faculty in English composition, audit pertinent courses and employ private tutors or programmed instruction.


Your departmental chair will notify you of your test results.


Any student who fails the examination will be required to enroll in English III, Functional Grammar and Composition in the Department of English and Modern Languages.


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For any additional questions, please contact the Department of English and Modern Languages at (803) 536-7016.