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 CC 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 on hsheerah@kku.edu.sa, foziaenglish@gmail.com, simonira@kku.edu.sa.



Students who are absent  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.

1) Reading part

It has the following parts:

2) Writing task

Writing task is assessed following the rubric below:

Sample Reading and Writing Exam

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3) Listening part

It has the following parts:

Sample Listening Exam

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4) Speaking Part