The PC ESL program requires students to pass an Exit Writing Sample before they can exit the ESL program. The Exit is a test of language proficiency. Its purpose is to give students the opportunity to demonstrate that they can perform appropriate college-level writing tasks.
The ESL Exit consists of two compositions that are written as the final exam in ENSL 0091. Students write one each on different days in 75 minutes from a choice of two assigned topics that they have not previously seen. Students write their Exits in Green Books (examination books) in pen or pencil and may use a paper English-English dictionary throughout the writing period. Students need to supply a clean Green Book to their instructor, for the Exit. Blue Books are available in the college bookstore.
All the ESL Department teachers cooperate to read and rate the Exits. Three raters will read each paper, looking for the competencies mentioned below. If two raters (of the three) mark a paper as passing, the writer passes the Exit essay. There is no appeal of the exit rating results.
A Passing Paper
Develops the prompt in a organized manner, moving coherently from one point to the next. The ideas relate clearly and easily to the writing prompt and demonstrate an ability to develop a point with appropriate details. A variety of sentence structures are used, and the grammar and mechanics show consistent control of linguistic form; however, some serious errors are acceptable in that those errors are not of sufficient quantity or severity to interfere with the writer’s meaning. The wording is usually, but not always, idiomatic.
A Failing Paper
Demonstrates some attempt to organize the ideas and provide relevant details. A variety of sentence structures are used; however, the structures may at times be faulty. The grammar demonstrates a lack of consistent control of discrete linguistic forms. Ideas are sometimes expressed unidiomatically.
Important Exit Essay Information for Students
Read this information carefully.
1. Wearing ear buds or blue booth devices invalidate the exit essay. For any student found wearing such a device during the exit essays, the student’s essay will not be rated, and if evidence of cheating is found, the student will fail the course and will be referred to the Academic Expulsion Panel for suspension or expulsion.
2. Student use of electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets, laptops or smart watches for any reason invalidates the exit essay. For any student found looking at an electronic device, the student’s essay will not be rated, and if evidence of cheating is found, the student will fail the course and be referred to the Academic Expulsion Panel for suspension or expulsion.
3. Students may use a paper English-to-English dictionary; however, all dictionaries will be checked for inappropriate material. Those dictionaries with inappropriate material cannot be used during the exit and may be confiscated by the instructor.
4. No paper can be out other than the green book. Students may not copy from scratch paper into the green books.
5. Students who leave during the exit essays must turn in their essay, and it will be rated as is; students are not allowed to return to the class to continue to work on their essay once they have left the classroom.
6. The penalty for cheating on the exit essay is an automatic “F” in the course regardless of the results of the other exit essay and automatic referral to the Academic Expulsion Panel for suspension or expulsion from the college.
Notification of Results
Do not call the ESL department, trying to get your results by telephone. You can receive your results from your teacher:
- By PC e-mail account, if you give your teacher your PC e-mail address.
- Posted in iCollege in the Gradebook