What You Need to Know for the English Diagnostic Test!

Brynn OngHealth Science First Year, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

What is the English Diagnostic Test?

  • It is a 3-part test to check the standard of your English language skills, in particular -reading, writing and listening skills.

Why do we need such test?

  • The Health Science First Year (HSFY) course have lots of overseas students. For some of them, English may not be their first language. Although, they usually go through basic English course (IELTS for example), I think the University wants to gauge all HSFY student’s English language baseline and detect early those with suboptimal English standards.

What does the test consist of?

  • From what I can remember in 2010, there were three parts to the test
    • Listening: You have to listen to a short paragraph in order to answer a few questions.
    • Reading: There will be a few short paragraphs for you to read and then you have to answer the questions that follow.
    • Writing: You have to write a short essay about a topic.

How hard is the test?

  • I would say that the difficulty is about high school level or a bit higher. Definitely not lower.

How do you prepare for the test?

  • To be honest, I didn’t realise I had to take the English Diagnostic Test until 2 days before the test. I assumed my college results and IELTS were sufficient to prove that my English is decent. So I did not do any preparation but thankfully, I passed.
  • There is not a whole lot you can do to prepare for the test. As long as you achieve decent grades for your high school English exams, that should be enough to pass the test (there are no grades for the test, just “pass” or “fail”)

Can you fail the test?

  • Yes, you can fail the test. Even if you are a New Zealand raised kiwi or if English is your first language, you can still fail the test.

What happens if you fail?

  • You get another chance to repeat the test again. If you fail on the 2nd try then you have to take an English paper on your 2nd semester.
  • Will you be at a disadvantage? In my opinion- yes. Failing the test means two things: one, your English is likely not up to standard, which means listening, understanding lectures and writing exam answers might be challenging for you. Second, you have to take extra English paper on your second semester. This means more assignments and exams.

Does that mean your whole HSFY is ruined?

  • Not necessarily. Like I said before, hard work and consistency is the recipe to a successful HSFY year.
  • I have personally known a few people who failed the diagnostic test but still did really well (A+ overall) and got into medicine/ dentistry/ pharmacy/ physiotherapy etc.

How do you prepare for the test?

  • To be honest, I didn’t know I had to take the English Diagnostic Test until 2 days before the test. I assumed my college results and IELTS were sufficient to prove that my English is decent. So I did not do any preparation and thankfully, I passed.
  • There is not a whole lot you can do to prepare for the test. As long as you achieve decent grades for your high school English exams, that should be enough to pass the test (there are no grades for the test, just “pass” or “fail”)

Hope you find this informative. If you want to start preparing yourself for the actual HSFY lectures, read here.

 

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