Information & Registration

For more information about the Qualifying English Test (QET) and how to register for it click here.

What is the QET?

The QET is an English Language test set by the Centre for English Language Communication. It must be taken by students who do not possess the necessary English Language qualifications when they enter the university.

The purposes of the QET are to:

  • determine which students will benefit from the Foundation Academic English course (ES1000) before proceeding to the English for Academic Purposes course (ES1103),
  • determine which students will benefit from the English for Academic Purposes course (ES1103) and
  • identify which students may be exempted from taking either of the above-mentioned courses.

Preparation for the QET

Though there is no specific recommended preparation for the QET, students should ensure that they are familiar with the format of the QET. Students are required to read two texts and then respond to the question prompt. They need to show that they can use English accurately to write an argumentative essay. The essay will be assessed for its content, organisation and language.

  • Content:
    • fulfillment of task
    • sophistication and sufficiency of ideas
    • analysis and use of information from the reading texts to support ideas
  • Organisation:
    • clarity of overall structure
    • logical development of ideas
  • Language:
    • accuracy – grammar, mechanics, cohesive devices
    • fluency – communicative quality, vocabulary use and register


Students should note that the University reserves the right to study students' QET essays for research purposes.

What do the QET results mean?

  • Students who obtain Band 1 will have to take ES1000 followed by ES1103.
  • Students who obtain Band 2 will have to take ES1103.
  • Students who obtain Band 3 are exempted from these English modules.

Students required to do ES1000 or ES1103 will participate in the CORS bidding exercise and BID for the required modules. To check which bidding round you can start bidding for ES1000 or ES1103, please refer to the Useful Info page on the CORS website.

For instructions on how to bid for ES1103, please click here

Points from the P account will be used to bid for ES1000 and ES1103. The points will be fully refunded at the beginning of the following semester upon successful completion of ES1000. Points will NOT be refunded for ES1103.

IMPORTANT: Students are strongly advised to complete the required module(s) within the first year of study.

For more information on the modules, ES1000 and ES1103, please refer to the Undergraduate Modules page on CELC website.