If a student fails a course or is barred from one, s/he will have only one opportunity to repeat it. This means that students cannot attempt the same course more than two times. If a student fails twice in a course s/he will be asked to do the exit test (English) or resit the final exam (Math and IT).
Skipping level (English Language Only)
Students who get an A grade (or A-) in FPEL 0120 or FPEL 0230 courses are given a chance to sit a test on the next course (the Challenge Test). If they score a grade C or above in this test, then they can skip a course and proceed to the next one.
For example, if a student gets an A or A- in FPEL 0120, s/he can sit the FPEL 0230 Challenge Test soon after the results are announced. If the student scores a ‘C’ or above in this Challenge Test, s/he can move directly to FPEL 0450 (instead of taking FPEL 0340). Note, however, that Challenge Tests are available only for students who score A or A- in FPEL 0120 and FPEL 0230 only.It is worth noting here that a student can be exempted from the English preparatory study if s/he obtains any of the following certificates:
- International Academic IELTS with an overall score of Band 5 and a minimum of 4.5 in any of the four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking).
- TOEFL IBT with a minimum of 61 points.
Study Postponement in CPS
A student may be allowed to withdraw temporarily from the University by requesting a formal postponement of study, for one semester renewable for a second semester. Postponement may be granted upon approval by the Assistant Dean of the College in consultation with the Deanship of Admissions and Registration for the following reasons:
Health - Family reasons - Pregnancy reasons - Psychological reasons - Other compelling circum
Supporting documentation from authorities such as Student Guardians/parents, the Counseling &Guidance Centre or the Health Clinic are required. Extension of postponement beyond two semesters may be granted in exceptional circumstances. Postponement is not normally granted during the first semester. If a student does not return to the University after the approved period, his/her enrollment shall be withdrawn. It is the responsibility of the student or his/her family to notify the University of any request for extension. Subsequent re-admission will be considered on an individual basis.
A student may rejoin the University only at the beginning of a semester under the customary procedures for registration. When a postponement has been approved, a special grade of 'OP' will be entered and the date of postponement noted on the transcript. Postponement will not be granted merely to avoid failing grades.
One of the responsibilities of an invigilator during an examination is to provide a calm atmosphere in the exam venue for students to concentrate and to perform at their best. Students’ performance in the test should reflect their own effort and ability. Therefore, cheating is not allowed under any circumstances.
If a student is caught cheating, the invigilator has the right to withdraw the student’s exam paper and to implement any measures needed to restore an atmosphere suitable for the examination to proceed.
The final exams are conducted in the 16th week of the semester for the preparatory courses (English, Math and IT). The time and date of these exams are announced by the teachers in the CPS, also can be found through SQU Portal and sometimes with text messages. The students can obtain their results of the preparatory courses final exams from the Admission and Registration website (student portal) a week after the exam date.
A student is allowed to enter the examination room during the first 30 minutes from the start of the exam. However, no extra time will be given for its completion. Students arriving later than 30 minutes will not be allowed to sit the exam.
General Rules for Examinations
- Students must bring their National/University ID Card to all exams. Those who do not comply will not be allowed to sit the exams.
- Presentation of a sickness note cannot be accepted as a reason for absenteeism from an examination unless there was hospitalization or other evidence of extreme illness (presentation of a sickness note from a clinic is not accepted).
- Bereavement relating to immediate relatives viz., parents, brothers, sisters, spouse or child before the examination may be accepted as a reason for absenteeism subject to verification by official documents and provided that such bereavement took place not more than 4 days before the examination. Bereavement certificates will not be accepted for relatives of the second degree.
- Excuses like not getting means of transportation, oversleeping, not knowing the examination venue are NOT acceptable and the student will be awarded a zero for that particular exam.
- Missing a final exam with no valid reason, would mean repeating the course.
- Students must ensure that they have transferred their answers to the answer sheet during the last 5 minutes (given specifically for this purpose) of the test. No extra time will be given after the end of the exam to transfer the answers. Answers that are not transferred to the answer sheet will not be marked.