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.

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 papers 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 exams.
  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 before you sit down – if you leave your phone in them, even by accident, you will face academic misconduct measures.

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 IEP Team   onhsheerah@kku.edu.sa, foziaenglish@gmail.com , simonira@kku.edu.sa.


Usually, students who were unable to take the final exam are allowed the opportunity for re-assessment if they have an acceptable excuse.



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 the speech-pattern of the 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 skills.
  • 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 the 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


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 Part


Reading & Writing Midterm exam is worth 30 marks.

Reading & Writing Final exam is worth 15 marks.

Total marks for Reading & Writing skill = 45.


Writing task is assessed following the rubric below:



Marks Obtained

Content/ Organization






Introduction and conclusion






Supporting details

(Valid reasoning/ textual evidence)






Clear task

(Appropriate to audience and purpose)






Overall organization

(Headings, graphics, transitions)












Tense formation






Subject-verb agreement






Pronoun usage







(Academic/ domain specific)






Sentence Construction

(Complete, correct, varied)












Spelling, capitalization, punctuation

(Highlight any problem areas)






3) Listening Part


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

Sentences Completion



Listening -midterm is worth 10 marks.

Listening -Final exam is worth 10 marks.

Total marks for listening skill = 20

4) Speaking Part

Students have to deliver one presentation about the selected topics. The presentations are assessed following the rubric given below.









Speaks clearly all the time & mispronounces no words.

Speaks clearly most of the time but mispronounces a few words.

Speaks clearly sometimes. Mispronounce several words.

Cannot be understood. Mispronounces many words.

Sentence Const.

Always speaks in complete sentences.

Mostly speaks in complete sentences.

Sometimes speaks in complete sentences.

Rarely speaks in complete sentences.

Posture/Eye Contact

Stands up straight, looks relaxed and confident. Maintains eye contact.

Stands up straight and establishes eye contact with most of the audience.

Sometimes stands up straight and establishes eye contact.


Does not look at the audience.


Loud enough to be heard by all.

Loud enough to be heard by most.

Loud enough to be heard by some.

Often too soft to be heard.


Always uses appropriate language.

Usually uses appropriate language.

Sometimes uses appropriate language.

Seldom uses appropriate language.



Excellent organization

Good organization

Partly organized



Sufficient number of visuals that enhance understanding

Includes some key visuals.

Visuals do not enhance understanding.

No visuals


Sufficient use of key vocabulary

Some use of key vocabulary

Few key vocab/ Vocab used incorrectly

No academic vocabulary


No grammatical errors

A few mistakes in grammar

Many mistakes in grammar

Grammatical errors are prevalent

Spelling, Punctuation. & capitalization

No mistakes

A few mistakes in spelling, punctuation, or capitalization

Many mistakes in spelling, punctuation, or capitalization

Mistakes in spelling, punctuation, or capitalization




The presentation is worth 5 marks.

Total marks for presentation are 5