Skip to main content

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

(Undergraduate)

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

Cambridge Exams (Proficiency 

Certificate)

C and above

 

GCSE English Language "O" Level 

or IGCSE

 

C and above

 

Michigan Examination of

Proficiency in English

Pass

 

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
Qualifications
 
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.