5. Exam

  General rules of the exam  


This is a summary of beneficial information for exam candidates. Please read it carefully and save it for reference.

a) The examination arrangement: What you need to know

The location of exam

Plans and maps of the University’s campuses will help you to locate the venues for your exams. The exams will be held on the Applied College for Girls, Abha Campus.


Attendance at exam

Attendance at exams is obligatory. Students who are absent will obtain a mark of zero for the exam unless it is agreed that there is good reason for the absence on the basis of an extenuating conditions by appropriate evidence (e.g. a medical certificate).


b) Detailed instructions for exam

Before starting the exam

You must bring your University Campus Card to every exam. You must display the card on your desk as a means of identification. If you do not have your Campus Card, you should bring your ID instead.

During the exam

  • If you need to speak to an invigilator for any purpose, you should raise your hand and wait for an invigilator to come to your desk.
  • If you wish to leave the room before the end of the exam, whether temporarily to use the toilet or permanently, you must ask the invigilator for permission.
  • Please write answers in ink, not pencil.
  • No students will be allowed to enter the exam room after 30 minutes from the beginning of any exam.


Instructions for Online Exam


1. The exam (both paper based and online) will start and end at appointed times. The online exam usually starts at 3:00 p.m. and is available for 6 hours only.

2.  The online exam link will be shared on Blackboard (Assignments & Tests) on time and will be closed after 6 hours.

 3. The online exam duration is one hour and there is only one attempt for the exam. The exam will be submitted automatically after the time expires.

4.  For the online exam, description and instructions are shown before the exam begins. Test takers should read the description and instructions carefully before they click on ‘Begin’.

5. Each question appears one by one in the online exam and it’s not possible to go back to the previous question.

6.  Questions appear in random order in online exam.

7. After submitting the exam, it’s not possible to restart / retake the exam unless there is any valid reason both for paper and online tests.

8. In case of any interruption in the online exam, the exam can be saved and resumed at any point until the time expires.


Mobile phones and other valuables

You are notified not to bring valuables to exams. It is not permissible for the candidates to bring mobile phones (even switched off), smart watches or any other similar stuff during the exam. You must not have a mobile phone or smart watch on your person during an exam, even if it is switched off.

  • If you are caught with a mobile phone or smart watch anywhere in the exam room (including the toilets) it will be considered cheating. If you enter the exam room with a phone or smart watch, please switch it off and leave it with the invigilator at the front of the room. Remember to cancel any alarms that may ring even if the phone or watch is switched off.
  • Check your pockets beforehand you sit down – if you leave your phone in them, even by accident, you will face academic misconduct measures.


Cheating and Penalties

In case of cheating, the alleged student will receive appropriate penalties. Plagiarism is defined as the fraudulent representation of another's work as one's own. Taking a copy of another student's work without his or her approval (whether or not this work is subsequently plagiarised). Any such case will be treated as a disciplinary stuff and will be raised to the Dean of CC who may impose a penalty.


Medical and other problems

If you have medical or other circumstances, please contact the Exams Team as soon as possible. If you are due to sit an exam but feel ill, you should go to your GP for treatment; please inform the doctor that you are due to sit an exam. Please additionally contact the Exams Team (hsheerah@kku.edu.sa, foziaenglish@gmail.com, simonira@kku.edu.sa). Any medical or health issues before or during the exam should be informed so that necessary steps can be taken.


Other information

For students who have been assessed as having specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia or dyspraxia), special arrangements may apply for exams and the marking of written work. If you have any inquiries relating to the arrangements for exams, please contact the Exams or EIP Team onhsheerah@kku.edu.sa, foziaenglish@gmail.com, simonira@kku.edu.sa.



Students who fail at first attempt are usually permissible one further opportunity to be re-assessed if they have accepted medical excuses.

Test format  


The EIP Exam assesses your reading, writing, listening and speaking in an academic context. It also includes an assessment of your grammar and vocabulary. 


  • Listening skill exposes the learners to the authentic English language and its usages. 
  • It helps learners to develop English language comprehension.
  • It familiarizes the learners with speech-pattern of English language, English sound system and the correct pronunciation.
  • It helps the learners to comprehend lectures, conversations, interviews, and discussion.


  • Speaking skill provides learners opportunities to communicate effectively.
  • It helps the learners to talk about familiar topics, personal details and routine tasks.
  • It prepares the learners to express their opinions and ideas in everyday situations.
  • It also helps the learners to speak with intelligible pronunciation. 


  • Improving reading skill helps to learn English faster and more completely.
  • The constant repetition of words and patterns in reading helps to learn and remember vocabulary and grammar structures.
  • Scanning for specific information and understanding the details can develop reading skill.
  • Reading practice also helps to improve other skills like listening, speaking and writing.


  • Writing is the fourth or the highest skill while learning English.
  • In writing, the learner has to put grammar, vocabulary and comprehension efficiency together.
  • Thinking about the topic and organizing ideas are main key points of delivering a good writing task.
  • By improving writing skill, the language learner can actually master accuracy and fluency at the same time.

1) Reading part

It has the following parts:


Time allowed (Approximate)


Section 1

Reading text

 30 minutes

  • Multiple choice
  • Identifying information (True/False/Not Given)
  • Matching information
  • Sentence completion

Section 2:

Language knowledge

(vocabulary & grammar)

 30 minutes

  • Multiple choice
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Sentence completion

2) Writing task



Reading & Writing Midterm exam is worth 25 marks.

Reading & Writing Final exam is worth 30 marks.

Total marks for Reading & Writing skill = 55.

Writing task is assessed following the rubric below.

3) Listening part

It has the following parts:


Time allowed


Part 1

Listening Audios from the textbook

 20 minutes

Multiple-choice questions


Part 2

Listening Audios from the textbook

20 minutes

True and False Questions

Part 3

Listening Hidden Audios from the outside of the textbook

 20 minutes

Sentence completion




Listening midterm is worth 5 marks.

Listening final exam is worth 10 marks.

Speaking Exam is worth 5 marks.

Total marks for listening skill = 20

4) Speaking Part


 Presentation is worth 5 marks.

Total marks for presentations are 5