Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Academic English Screening

The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT) offers all new students Academic English Screening (AES) at the beginning of semester.

AES is a quick assessment designed to identify those students who are more likely to need additional academic English support to cope with the academic communication demands of their courses. The assessment has been specifically developed for students in engineering and related fields.

AES is not an exam and you can't fail. Results will not appear on your University transcript or affect your admission to the University. You do not need to prepare anything or study for the AES.

The assessment takes between 15 and 25 minutes to complete. AES can be taken on students’ own devices (tablets, laptops or phones).

If the AES result recommends additional English language support, the Institute for Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE) offers a range of free academic English courses. Depending on the program you are enrolled in ICTE offers program-specific or generic academic English support (English for Academic Communication).

Watch this short video to find out more about English for Academic Communication classes [YouTube: 5:31mins].

AES - who needs to take it?

The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology has a large and diverse student body. Therefore, the approach taken with AES is to offer it to all students regardless of their linguistic backgrounds.

It may seem strange to be asked to complete AES if English is your first language, however it is important to take the assessment seriously and pay close attention to the questions as they can be quite challenging even for native speakers. If you rush through the assessment you may be identified as needing support, even if you don’t.

From 2020, all new students in the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology will be offered the opportunity to take AES, and in some courses participation in the screening will be required. (If AES is required in your course, your lecturer will let you know in o'week/ week one.)

Your program enrolment will not be cancelled if you do not follow up with any English language support recommended to you. However, students who do take the support offered are more likely to pass their courses. If you do not take AES, or if you are identified as needing support but then choose not to follow up, and then your academic results are subsequently unsatisfactory, you may have difficulty progressing.

Receiving the AES recommendations

You'll be emailed your AES results, with a recommended course of action (if required) - check your university email account regularly. English language support is provided at no additional cost.

If you have a health issue/impairment that makes it hard for you to perform well on the assessment, and you feel you have not done as well as you could on AES, you should email us.

Your AES result will be one of the following:

Band 1 = Your AES result indicates that you may benefit from additional academic English language support to help you cope with your studies. You will be advised about the next steps.
Band 2 = Your AES result indicates that you probably have enough academic English language ability to cope with your studies and therefore additional English language support is optional for you.
Band 3 = Your AES result indicates that you do not require any English language support. No further action is required.