English Placement Test

The New English Placement (NEPTON) Test

English is the main language of instruction at our University. Students may be required to take UNIC’s NEPTON test, wih no charge, before registering for classes, unless they have passed an internationally recognised English exam which indicates their level of English proficiency.

Students with the following English qualifications will register directly for their academic programme of study:

English QualificationMinimum Grade


TOEFL513 and above
Computer-based TOEFL183 and above
Internet-based TOEFL65 and above
IELTS5.5 and above
Cambridge Exams (First Certificate)B and above
Cambridge Exams (Proficiency


C and above
GCSE English Language “O” Level


C and above
Michigan Examination of

Proficiency in English


English Language Proficiency

Master students satisfy the English requirements if their first degree was taught in English. Otherwise, they would need to present a minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based or 213 computer-based, GCSE “O” Level or IGCSE with minimum “C”, IELTS with a score of 6.5, or a score placement at the ENGL- 100 level of UNIC’s NEPTON. The University offers English courses at various levels to help students reach the required standard for admission to a graduate programme.

The purpose of the NEPTON Test

1. The purpose of this test is to place students in the appropriate level of English in order to support their academic studies at the University. The NEPTON is not a University entrance examination; previous academic performance (e.g. School Leaving Certificate) is taken into consideration with regard to University entrance requirements.

2. The number of additional courses and corresponding course loads are given in the table below:

Level of EnglishHours of tuition/workCreditsAdditional course load permitted
ENGL-101 English Composition33Normal
ENGL-100 Basic Writing33Normal
BENG-100 College English63Normal
BENG-070 English Language Skills1226 credit hours
BENG-060 English for Beginners201No other credits

3. Students who have the following qualifications can take the test, but will not be placed below the level shown:

Level of English


Paper Based TOEFLComp. Based TOEFLTOEFL IBTGCE “O”/IGCSE LevelIELTSCambridge English Exams
ENGL-101550 +213 +79 +A or B6.5 +CAE Grade A or B Proficiency

A or B or C

ENGL -100513-547183-21065-78C5.5 – 6.0CAE Grade C First Certificate

A or B

4. Students can take the NEPTON after they officially enroll and pay the Euro 55 application fee.

Students who take part in the UNISKO (Free English Preparatory and University Skills Orientation Programme) may retake the test once during the UNISKO programme. Students are strongly recommended to attend this FREE UNISKO  programme and put every possible effort into studying and preparing for the retake of the UNISKO. This will help  students achieve better results perhaps being placed in one of the higher-level English courses without spending extra time and money during their academic studies.

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