Information & Registration

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

What is the DET?

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:

The DET will be conducted in digital format using Examplify.

It is compulsory for students to attend at least one session of the DET/Examplify briefing before taking the DET. Please ensure that you have an active NUSNET ID and password before registering for the briefing. Students who are unable to attend the DET briefing will not be allowed to sit for the DET.

A sample DET paper will be available at the DET/Examplify briefing. Students should register for one briefing session from this list. Registrations for the DET briefing will start from 21 November 2022. Students are required to use their own laptop for the DET/Examplify briefing.

Preparation for the DET

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 one text 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 text and your own knowledge 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

What do the DET results mean?

  • Students who obtain Band 1 will have to take ES5000 followed by ES5001A.
  • Students who obtain Band 2 will have to take ES5001A.
  • Students who obtain Band 3 are exempted from these English modules.

Students required to do ES5000 or ES5001A will participate in the Online Module Registration (EduRec). Please refer to the Registrar Office's website for updates from July 2022.

For more information on the modules, ES5000 and ES5001A, please refer to the Graduate Modules page on CELC website.


IMPORTANT: Students are strongly advised to complete ES5000 and/or ES5001A within the first year of study.

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