EASP Placement Tests
Students learning a language for academic or special purposes who want to or are required to attend an English course must take a placement test first.
In the Bachelor’s degree programmes in Political Science (as first subject) and Biology, all students must take a placement test.
As the test result is used to decide which level of course the student should attend, the test is not graded as ‘passed’ or ‘failed’. No grades or points are allocated for the placement test. After it has been corrected, students are given a ‘level’: E1, 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4.
The placement test may be repeated once in another semester, but only before the first course has been taken. As soon as one course has been taken, all other courses have to be attended in the prescribed order.
If you have achieved the result “Level E” (= elementary knowledge) in the Department of English for Academic and Special Purposes (EASP) placement test, please be aware that the Language Centre does not offer English courses at this level.
Based on this test result, it would be important and useful for you to learn English independently but intensively in the near future to prepare for further testing. This can be assisted by regular reading and listening to content in English to build up your general vocabulary. You should, for example, read, listen to and watch news in English on the Internet, especially articles and reports on topics that are also in the news in your home country so that you have a chance to compare and check your understanding of them. Where possible, you should watch films and TV series in English, or watch them in your native language with English subtitles.
Two useful sites which you could use to improve your English skills through reading and watching news articles are Deutsche Welle (DW), and BBC Learning English.
Deutsche Welle: https://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/s-9097
Deutsche Welle YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCknLrEdhRCp1aegoMqRaCZg
Learning English – BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/
This site offers sessions covering basic up to advanced skills and you will also find vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation exercises.
You may also wish to contact the Department of Media and Autonomous Learning at the FAU. This department offers a Self-Access Language Centre which may be helpful to you. There you will find 16 modern, multimedia work stations, a small library with textbooks in nearly 30 foreign languages as well as the ‘TV corner’. Please see their website for more information:
In addition to the above, there is a wide range of courses offered at institutions outside the FAU to acquire or consolidate a basic knowledge of English. For example, the Volkshochschule (https://www.vhs-erlangen.de/) offers English courses which could assist you.