Master‘s Final English Examination


Beginning in the winter semester of the academic year 2020–2021, there will be a new examination format. Please see the link below for more information.

New MA examination format 

The master’s final examination in English consists of three parts:

  1. TOEFL ITP
  2. Essay part
  3. Oral part

1. TOEFL ITP

The TOEFL ITP exam examines the ability of the student to communicate effectively in the English-speaking academic environment.

The listening part focuses on the understanding of short and medium length dialogues from a university environment and medium length lectures.

The second part, “structure“, tests the student’s knowledge of grammar structures.

The reading part contains five short texts accompanied by questions focused on the overall understanding of the particular text and the vocabulary therein.

Part of test Time Number of questions Points available
Listening 35 minutes 50 questions 31 to 68 points
Structure 25 minutes 40 questions 31 to 68 points
Reading 55 minutes 50 questions 31 to 67 points
Total 115 minutes 140 questions
310 to 677 points

The pass mark is 480 points.
The points achieved can be converted to CEFR levels (A1 - C1) here.

Sample tests may be found here:

To download: TOEFL ITP Test Taker Handbook (pdf, 3 MB)

2. Essay part

This part of the exam tests the student’s ability to argue logically in the written form in English. The students write the essay on a computer using the Microsoft Word editor and 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 statements on common, controversial themes. The students choose 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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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 comprises of two parts – an independent monologue (3 minutes) and a discussion with an examiner.

  • Total time: 10 minutes.
  • Theme: The student draws the theme blind 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 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 theme and find further facts and examples.
  • The monologue must be relevant to the theme.
  • Notes must be written as bullet points, and may be used ony as an aid to 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:

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

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

 Overall grading

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

TOEFL ITP 60% (Listening 20%, Sentence Structure 20%, Reading 20%)
Essay part 20%
Oral part 20%

Correlation to CEFR

The offical correlation table from TOEFL ITP to CEFR is to be found here.