Consequences of Failure

In line with City University policy, students have three attempts at passing each ELC course. A failure will be recorded in a student’s transcript and may affect their GPA depending on their programmes of studies. To redeem a failure, the following options are possible:

  1. Repeat the whole course (This is highly recommended for students who fall well below the passing standard);
  2. Only take the examination again.

Three-attempt Failure Policy

Upon three failure attempts at any ELC course, students will be given a two-year period to achieve an alternative English qualification (see below) to fulfill the requirement. Failure to attain an acceptable English qualification within this period, the student will be recommended by the University to suspend his/her study.

EL0009 English Foundation Course for Associate Degree Students

It is a pre-requisite of EL1002 and EL1003. If a student fails this course three times, the above three-attempt failure policy will be applied. While the student is preparing for attaining an alternative qualification, he/she is able to proceed to take the University approved language courses to obtain the necessary credits to fulfill the English Language Requirement.

EL1002 English Enhancement Course for Associate Degree Students I and EL1003 English Enhancement Course for Associate Degree Students II

If a student fails three times either in EL1002 or EL1003, the above three-attempt failure policy will be applied. During this period, if this student attains an acceptable qualification but has not yet started the second course, although he/she will have fulfilled the requirement, the student will need to obtain the required language credits from the University approved language courses. If this student has already started the second course, he/she should continue to complete it and obtain the remaining credits from the University approved language courses.

EL0200A English for Academic Purposes 1 and EL0200B English for Academic Purposes 2

A pass in both courses is required before the Bachelor’s Degree students can proceed to take GE1401 University English.

EL0200A is a pre-requisite of EL0200B. If a student fails EL0200A three times, he/she will not be allowed to take EL0200B and the above three-attempt failure policy will be applied. This policy also applies to a student who fails EL0200B three times.

In both cases, once the student achieves the required qualification within the two-year period, he/she can proceed to take the GE English courses; otherwise, the student will be recommended by the University to suspend his/her study until an acceptable English qualification is attained.

Acceptable Alternative Qualifications

Exam/Test Associate Degree (from the College of Science and Engineering) and Bachelor Degree Programmes
IELTS 6.5 – with no less than 6.0 in the Writing and Reading sections
TOEFL (paper-based) 550 – with no less than 50 in the Reading and 49 in the Writing sections
TOEFL (internet-based) 79 – with no less than 15 in the Reading and 12 in the Writing sections
Cambridge ESOL examinations e.g. Cambridge Proficiency in English or Cambridge Advanced English or Cambridge First Certificate CEFR B2+ pass levels in reading and writing
English Placement Test offered by the English Language Centre at the CityU PASS