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 Qualification||Minimum Grade|
|TOEFL||513 and above|
|Computer-based TOEFL||183 and above|
|Internet-based TOEFL||65 and above|
|IELTS||5.5 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 English||Hours of tuition/work||Credits||Additional course load permitted|
|ENGL-101 English Composition||3||3||Normal|
|ENGL-100 Basic Writing||3||3||Normal|
|BENG-100 College English||6||3||Normal|
|BENG-070 English Language Skills||12||2||6 credit hours|
|BENG-060 English for Beginners||20||1||No 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 TOEFL||Comp. Based TOEFL||TOEFL IBT||GCE “O”/IGCSE Level||IELTS||Cambridge English Exams|
|ENGL-101||550 +||213 +||79 +||A or B||6.5 +||CAE Grade A or B Proficiency|
A or B or C
|ENGL -100||513-547||183-210||65-78||C||5.5 – 6.0||CAE 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.