FAQ - Assessment test (AT)

Here you can find the answers to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) if you:

You can also find the answers to the FAQs on the rules you will have to follow during the Assessment Test (AT).

You can find a demo test to check that the devices needed to take the real test are all in working order and it also shows you the format of the exercises.


I have to sit the TE.L.E.MA.CO. test

 

When do I have to sit the AT?

The same day on which you sit the TE.L.E.MA.CO. test.

I am going to sit the PRE-TE.L.E.MA.CO test in July. When can I sit the AT?

If you pass the PRE-TE.L.E.MA.CO test, you will have to sit the AT in the sessions managed by the Settore sviluppo competenze linguistiche ("For those who do not have to sit the TE.L.E.MA.CO test" session).

If you do not pass the PRE-TE.L.E.MA.CO test, you will have to enrol in one of the following TE.L.E.MA.CO+AT sessions.

I have to take the TE.L.E.MA.CO. test but according to my Department I do not have to sit the AT. What do I have to do?

You will sit the TE.L.E.MA.CO. test and then you can choose whether to sit the AT or not. If you decide to take the B1 AT, the test result will only constitute statistical data.

I enrolled in the Modern Languages and Cultures degree course. Do I have to sit the level B1 English AT?

If you include the "English language" modules in your study plan (English as a first, second or third language), yes, you do. However, if you obtained a score equal to or higher than 90/100 in your school-leaving exam, you don't.

I am a new student in the degree course in Social Work studies, do I have to take the AT?

Yes, you do. If you pass the test, it will count towards your second year English Language exam, should you choose to add it in your study plan.

I am a new student in the degree course in Politics and international studies (SID)/Governance and public policy studies (SAP) degree course, do I have to sit the level B1 English AT?

Yes, you do. If you do not pass the test you will be invited to follow the Progetto Inglese programme. (Please see the "I did not pass the AT” section about this).

I am a new student in the 5-year single-cycle degree course in Law, do I have to take the AT?

No, you are not obliged to. In your case, the level B1 English assessment test constitutes statistical data and is optional.


I hold an English certificate

 
Can I skip the AT?

If you already hold a valid and recognised English B1 certificate (or higher) you can upload it onto a dedicated page (available soon).

What do you mean by “valid and recognised certificate”?

You can find a list of certificates recognised by the University of Genoa here.

Only certificates obtained through an exam assessing listening, reading, writing and speaking skills are considered valid.

For the 2021/2022 academic year we accept certificates which are no older than three years and assessing exams taken from May 2019.

I hold a valid and recognised certificate, where can I upload it?

You can upload it here.

What happens if I upload a B2, C1 or C2 certificate?

It will still be validated as a B1 level.

I am a new student in the Scienze della Comunicazione (Communication Sciences) degree course and I hold a valid English certificate. What do I have to do?

Communication Sciences students have no access to the certificates validation service. You need to sit the test and then follow instructions regarding the Lingua inglese I course in your degree course.

I am a new student in the Pharmacy/Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology (CTF) degree course and I hold a valid English certificate. What do I have to do?

Pharmacy/Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology students have no access to the certificates validation service. You need to sit the test and then follow instructions regarding the Lingua inglese (LM) course in your degree course.

 


I will not sit the TE.L.E.MA.CO. test

 

I am exempted from taking the TE.L.E.MA.CO test thanks to my high school-leaving exam score, do I still have to sit the AT?

Yes, you do. Irrespective of your school-leaving exam score, you still need to sit the level B1 English assessment test (unless you are among the exceptions below).

I am in the process of changing degree courses, and in my past degree course I took an English exam, do I still have to sit the AT?

If you have applied for your past exams to be validated against your new study plan, you do not have to take the level B1 English assessment test.

I am enrolled in a BA in Economics and my school-leaving exam sore is 90/100 or higher: do I have to sit the B1 Assessment test?

You do not.However, it is strongly recommended that you sit it  because you can only access the English for Business and Economics oral exam if you have an English B1 level of higher.

I already have a degree and I am starting a new degree course this year, do I still need to take the AT?

No, you do not. The level B1 English assessment test is reserved for students who are attending university for the first time.

I am a new student in the degree course in Interpreting and Translation (TTMI). Do I have to take the AT?

No, you do not. You can find all the information on how to take the test on the web page of the course in "Test di ingresso" section.

I am a new student in the degree course in Maritime Science and Technology. Do I have to take the AT?

No, you do not.

I am enrolled in the Education Studies/Psychological Studies/Primary Education Studies degree course, do I have to take the level B1 English assessment test?

No, you do not.

I am a new student in the 5-year single-cycle degree course in Pharmacy/Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology, do I have to take the AT?

No, you are not obliged to. In your case, the level B1 English assessment test constitutes statistical data and is optional.


Specific degree courses

I am enrolled in the Arts/Philosophy/History degree course. Do I have to sit the AT?

No, you have to take it only if you add the "Prova di conoscenza lingua inglese" to your study plan. Alternatively, you can take a test for one of the other languages which can be included in your study plan (e.g. French, Spanish, German).

  • If you opt for a language other than English, you must address any queries to the lecturer in charge of that subject. 
  • You can take the language (French, Spanish, German) test also in the second or third year.
  • The language tests other than English are dealt with by the relevant Department.
I am a new student in the Communication Sciences degree course, do I have to sit the level B1 English AT?

Yes, you do. In your case, the results are only used as statistical data. If you do not pass the level B1 English Assessment Test, please ignore the messages coming from Settore sviluppo competenze linguistiche regarding the online English B1 course.

Please find out information about the Lingua Inglese 1 course which is included in your Degree Course Handbook.

I am a new student in the 5-year single cycle degree course in Pharmacy/Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology (CTF). Do I have to sit the level B1 English Assessment Test?

Yes, you do. In your case the results are only used as statistical data. If you do not pass the level B1 English Assessment Test, please ignore the messages coming from Settore sviluppo competenze linguistiche regarding the online English B1 course.

Please find out information about the Lingua Inglese (LM) course which is included in your Degree Course Handbook (Pharmacy, CTF).

I am a student enrolled in the Marine Engineering (Ingegneria navale) degree course, do I have to take the assessment test?

Yes, in your case the result is a pre-requisite to take the B1+ exam in the second year.

I am a fresher in the Tourism and Hospitality Degree Course, am I required to sit the level B1 English assessment test?

No, you are not. The test is optional. Should you decide to take it, the result will only count as statistical data. 


I did not pass the AT

 
What happens if I do not pass the AT?
  • You will receive an invitation to attend an online English B1 course. The course is tutored.
  • After you have completed the course, you will be given the opportunity to sit a new B1 test in the winter.
  • If you do not pass the test in the winter session, you will receive an invitation to attend a 40-hour course, this time face-to-face, which will support you in your preparation for the coming tests.

PLEASE NOTE: this does not apply for the degree course in Modern Languages and Cultures.


AT procedures

What equipment do I need on the day of the test?

You will need two electronic devices.

  • A smartphone or tablet with a working camera and microphone to access Teams, which will be used for invigilation purposes. 
  • A computer or other device (e.g. a tablet) to access the test on the Aulaweb. 
How do I position the two devices?

Please read the instructions you find here.

What are the requirements regarding the room where I will be taking the test?

You will need a quiet room to take the test in, and you will also have to make sure that no one else is in the room with you while you are taking the test. If you fail to comply, your test will be annulled.

What else do I need on the day of the test?

A form of identification (your identity card or your university badge - if you already hold one) and your UniGePass credentials (university matriculation number and password), which you will need to access the test on the Aulaweb. Don’t forget to have a charger for your PC/Tablet/Smartphone at hand as you will not be allowed to leave your desk during the test!

What is the duration of the test?

20 minutes from the start of your attempt.

What happens if, after twenty minutes, I have not answered all the questions?

The test will close automatically and all your answers will be saved.

I am a Special Education Needs/Disabled student, am I entitled to extra time on the test?

Yes, of course. You are entitled to extra time on the test based on the documentation that you provide during your pre-matriculation process. You will be given further information.

Can I take the test on a day which is different from the proposed ones?

No, you cannot.

Last update 6 October 2021