Policy on Entry to Exams and Recording of Grades

This policy relates to the end-of-course requirement for Non-EU/EEA students on a 25-week course (Academic Year Programme) to sit a proficiency exam

Non-EU/EEA students studying on a 25-week course (Academic Year Programme) at the Central School of English are required to sit an external examination at the end of their course.

The exams that the Central School of English enters students for are the Cambridge suite of exams, either the Cambridge PET (Intermediate), FCE (Upper Intermediate), or CAE (Advanced) exam.

The exams are run by an external examiner approved by ISD (Immigration Service Delivery), part of the Department of Justice, and grades are authenticated by the approved external examiner.

When you apply for a 25-week course at the Central School of English an Examination Registration fee of €200 is automatically added to your invoice and must be paid in full, in advance, together with your tuition fees.

On your first day at the school or before, you will take a Level Test and your Entry Level will be recorded. You will be advised by our academic staff on the external examination which suits your level and your career or study path. The academic staff member can answer any questions you may have about the exam.

Once you have chosen which examination to do you will be required to sign a contract with the school confirming that you will sit the exam.

In the same contract, you will give permission for the Central School of English to share the result of your exam with its own staff and with GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau), ISD (Immigration Services Delivery), and your own education agent if you have employed one.

The Central School of English will record your Entry Level and your Minimum Exit Level on your file. You will be placed in a class corresponding to your Entry Level.

The School Manager, Nikola Byrtusova, will register you for your exam and pay your fee on your behalf. Nikola can be contacted at [email protected]

Examination dates and locations are displayed on student noticeboards around the school.

Two months before the exam date, your teacher will discuss your level and which exit examination level you should sit. For example, if you have progressed very quickly from your Entry Level and you are capable of doing an examination at a higher exit level, you can choose to do so voluntarily.

The result of the exit exam will be recorded on your file, in the school’s administrative software, and on a separate External Examination Excel Sheet, held by the school.

Under the terms of the contract you will have signed, the Central School of English may share the result of your External Examination with Central School of English staff, the Garda National Immigration Bureau, ISD (Immigration Service Delivery), and your own education agent if you have employed one.


Policy Owner: The person responsible for ensuring actions required by this policy are taken is: Nikola Byrtusova (School Manager) email: [email protected]