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The DET is an English Language test set by the Centre for English Language Communication. It must be taken by all international graduate students from non-English medium universities whose faculties require them to take it.
The purposes of the DET are to:
Though there is no specific recommended preparation for the DET, students should ensure that they are familiar with the format of the DET. Students are required to read two to three texts and then respond to the question prompt. They need to show that they can use English accurately to write an academic text. Some of the general features of good academic writing include:
Students should note that the University reserves the right to study students' DET essays for research purposes.
Results from the DET will determine whether students should be placed in a Graduate English Course module, and, if so, which one, or whether they should be exempt from the course.
The table below shows the progression of modules that students should take.
|Results||Modules to read|
|Band 1||ES5000||ES5001A (only upon completion of ES5000)||ES5101 (only for Faculty of Engineering PhD students upon completion of ES5001A - Aug 2017 intake onwards)||ES5002 (only for PhD students - not including Faculty of Engineering PhD students - upon completion of ES5001A.)|
|Band 2||ES5001A||ES5101 (only for Faculty of Engineering PhD students upon completion of ES5001A - Aug 2017 intake onwards)||ES5002 (only for PhD students - not including Faculty of Engineering PhD students - upon completion of ES5001A.)|
|Band 3||Exempted from all GEC modules except PhD students from YLL School of Medicine and Faculty of Engineering.||
ES5002 (PhD students from YLL School of Medicine)ES5101 (PhD students from Faculty of Engineering)
|From the August 2017 intake, PhD students from the Faculty of Engineering must take ES5101.|
IMPORTANT: Students are strongly advised to complete ES5000 and/or ES5001A within the first year of study.