Whilst Saifi Institute is not exactly like a university in terms of size or faculties, and learning a language is not the same as earning a degree, nonetheless exams at Saifi are as important as they are at university. They are primarily a way to summarize and encourage learners to review all of the material covered, and secondarily as a way to assess whether learners in each class are learning well and to ensure that each class is composed of learners at the same level of proficiency.
Therefore, Saifi maintains a strict examination policy: learners are expected to study well, and complete their Mid-Term and Final Term exams in order to receive a certificate of completion and progress to higher levels.
If a learner cannot complete the Mid-Term or Final Term exam, they are required to inform their teacher or the administration with the reason that prevents them from taking the exam and whether they would like to reschedule their exam or not. The exam can be rescheduled upon request, and students should be aware that Saifi will not issue a certificate of completion until the exam has been taken and graded.
Things to expect in these exams:
- The Mid-Term exam must be completed at the scheduled time. Make-up Mid-Term exams will not be administered, unless exceptional circumstances have been discussed with the instructor in advance of the exam date and other arrangements have been made.
- The Mid-Term exam might be verbal, a take-home assignment or a written exam.
- Students should expect the exam to include all lessons covered from the beginning of the term up to the exam date, unless the teacher decides to highlight limited issues.
- The exam period will be determined by the teacher, but it's never less than an hour or more than two hours.
Final Term exam
- The Final Term exam is comprehensive and covers material from the entire course, including readings, lectures, assignments, grammar and any extra vocabulary given during class.
- The Final Term exam must be taken at its scheduled class time. Make-up Final Term exams will not be administered unless exceptional circumstances have been discussed with the instructor at least one week in advance of the exam date and other arrangements have been made.
- The exam period is two and a half hours, and the teacher will correct it in class with the students.