The UETESOL was established by the Northern Examinations and Assessment Board (NEAB). The UETESOL is designed to assess language and related study skills required in undergraduate courses in higher education; it is especially suitable for students intending to study engineering, business studies, social sciences and science. The test is not considered adequate for students wishing to pursue English or literary studies.
- Writing, editing and reading; The writing section consists of one paper and tests accuracy, organisation interpretation and discursive skills. The editing section looks at the range of vocabulary, accuracy of grammar, and the correction of errors. Reading addresses information retrieval, manipulation of application of information and comprehension (two hour and 45 minutes).
- Listening; tests note-taking and ordering, interpreting and selecting information, prioritising information and comprehension (45 minutes).
- Speaking; An interview conducted by an external examiner. Tests fluency, grammar range and accuracy, pronunciation, flexibility and range of vocabulary and communication (10 minutes).
Results of each of the skill areas are marked A-D, where A is the command of formal English, B is functional English, but clearly not that of a native speaker, C is minimally competent English, which will require support form other skill areas, D is failing.
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