Changes in the Master's English Programme beginning in the winter semester of the academic year 2020/2021


The Master’s Final Examination in English consists of three parts:

  1. TOEFL ITP or TOEIC Listening and Reading
  2. Essay part
  3. Oral part

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1. Certified Examination

The student may choose between two examinations:

  • OJZ 930 English Master's Examination – TOEFL
  • OJZ 935 English Master's Examination – TOEIC

The two examinations differ only in their certified parts, where the student may choose between TOEFL ITP or TOEIC Listening and Reading. For both examinations there is a common oral part (debate), and a written part (essay).

The student is to choose an examination according to their personal preference or on the recommendation of their study field department. A student wishing to continue their doctoral studies is encouraged to choose OJZ 930, as TOEFL ITP is a mandatory part of it.

TOEFL ITP

The TOEFL ITP exam examines the ability of the student to communicate effectively in the English-speaking academic environment. It is therefore suitable for students who wish to continue their doctoral studies and pursue a scientific career after completing their Master's degree. The examination is comprised of three parts.

Listening

The listening part focuses on the understanding of spoken English in a university environment. The student listens to short texts and answers various types of test questions. It consists of three parts. There are 50 questions and the test lasts 35 minutes.

  • Part 1: Short dialogues
  • Part 2: Long dialogues
  • Part 3: Short lectures

 Grammar and sentence structure

This section verifies knowledge of correct grammar structures in written academic language. In this section, the student reads the test material and answers questions at their own pace. There are 40 questions and the test lasts 25 minutes.

  • Part 1: Completing sentences
  • Part 2: Error recognition

 Reading

This part of the exam tests the student's ability to understand written text. In this section, the student reads the test material and answers questions at their own pace. The test uses excerpts from university scripts and the questions related to them focus on overall understanding of the text and work with vocabulary. There are 50 questions and the test lasts 55 minutes.

Students must obtain at least 543 points – level B2 according to CEFR.

TOEIC Listening and Reading

The TOEIC Listening and Reading Examination tests the student's ability to participate effectively in an English-speaking work environment. It is therefore suitable for students who wish to work after graduating from their Master’s studies. The examination consists of two parts.

Listening

The listening part tests the student's ability to understand spoken English in a working environment. The students listen to short texts and answer various types of test questions. It consists of four parts. There are 100 questions and the test lasts 45 minutes.

  • Part 1: Photos
  • Part 2: Question - Answer
  • Part 3: Interview
  • Part 4: Short speech

Reading

This part of the exam tests the student's ability to understand written text. In this section, the student reads the test material and answers questions at their own pace. The test uses authentic business English texts. It consists of three parts. There are 100 questions and the test lasts 75 minutes.

  • Part 5: Completing sentences
  • Part 6: Gap filling
  • Part 7: Comprehension

 The student must obtain at least 785 points - level B2 according to CEFR.

Official table for converting points to CEFR levels (pdf)

Essay part

This part of the exam tests the student’s ability to argue logically in written form in English. The student writes the essay on a computer using the Microsoft Word editor. They have the on-line version of the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary at their disposal.

Time: 120 minutes

Length: A minimum of 300 words, 400 words is considered to be ideal.

Theme: The expression of agreement/disagreement with a statement on a common, controversial theme. The student chooses one of two offered themes.

Example: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Playing a game is fun only when you win. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Assessment of the essay is made in the following areas:

  • task fulfilment (expression of opinion, argument, examples, explanations)
  • essay organisation (introduction, logical division into paragraphs, conclusion)
  • formal aspects (unity and coherence)
  • grammar
  • vocabulary

The essay is independently graded by two assessors. Grade are awarded on a scale from 5 – 1 (5, 4, 3 – pass, 2, 1 – fail).

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Available to download: Master's essay basic guidelines

3. Oral part

In the oral part students show their ability in English to express their opinion, argue a certain position, and take part in a discussion. The exam consists of two parts – an independent monologue (3 minutes) and a discussion with an examiner (7 minutes).

Total time: 10 minutes.

Theme: The student draws the topic at random from a number of options the day before the exam. Before the exam the student is expected to research the theme in order to be able to assume a clear position on it and support this with relevant arguments.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The oral part has two parts:

1) Introductory monologue (3 minutes)

  • Read the task carefully.
  • Study the topic and research further facts and examples
  • The monologue must be relevant to the theme
  • Notes must be written as bullet points, and may be used only to aid memory
  • Do not use examples from your own personal life
  • At the end of the monologue clearly state your position – for or against the statement in the task

2) Debate (7 minutes)

  • During the debate the examiner will assume a position of opposition
  • Support your position with at least three arguments
  • Listen carefully to the examiner’s arguments, show that you understand them, and react to them with appropriate counterarguments
  • Use formal language

If you feel that, for personal or emotional reasons, the theme you have drawn would be difficult for you to discuss, please contact the head of department.

ASSESSMENT

Your performance during the exam will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  1. a) Your ability to present the topic without the aid of the examiner
  2. b) Your ability to debate on the topic with the examiner by defending your position and presenting new arguments
  3. c) Your use of grammar
  4. d) Your use of a well-developed vocabulary including discourse markers and a neutral language register
  5. e) The fluency of your speech, your pronunciation, and your intonation

The examination is graded independently by two assessors. Grades are awarded on a scale from 5 – 1 (5, 4, 3 – pass, 2, 1 – fail).

For an overview of courses suitable for the Master's Study Programme, please see the Language Courses Overview page.

Overall Grading

For the purposes of overall grading the individual parts of the exam have the same weighting:

Certified  TOEFL ITP Listening 20%, Sentence Structure 20%, Reading 20%
Examination TOEIC L&R 60 %
Essay Part 20%
Oral Part 20%

Correlation to CEFR

Please find the official correlation table from TOEFL ITP to CEFR here (external web).