Progression in FPEL Courses

  1.  A student who gets a C- grade and above in an FPEL course will be  registered in a new course (e.g. a student who gets a C- in FPEL 0120 will be registered in FPEL 0340).

  2. A student who receives a D grade  in (FPEL 0120, FPEL 0230, FPEL 0340, and FPEL 0450) will be registered in a half-way course (e.g. a student who gets a D in  FPEL 0120 will be registered in FPEL 0230).

  3. A student who receives F grade  in any English course will repeat the course once more.(e.g. a student who gets F in FPEL 0604 will be registered in FPEL 0604 again).

  4. A student who receives 2 consecutive Fs in any English course will be stopped from registering in English courses (Suspended) and will only be allowed to sit for the English exit test or produce an IELTS or TOEFL certificate.

Progression in FPCS Courses

  1. Students will not be registered in the English instructed course (FPCS 0101) unless they reach level 4 or higher in English.

  2. A student who gets a D grade or above in FPCS course will complete FP requirement in IT.

  3. A student who receives an F grade  in FPCS course will be allowed to repeat the course once more.

  4. A student who receives 2 Fs in FPCS course will  not be registered in the course and will only be allowed to sit for the final exam or produce an ICDL certificate. 

Progression in FPMT Courses

  1. A student who is registered in a science college and receives a grade D or above in FPMT 0101 will be registered in FPMT 0105. Wheras a student who is registered in an English medium humanity specializations and receives a grade D or above in FPMT 0101 will be registered in FPMT 0103

  2. A student who is registered in an Arabic medium specialization and receives a grade D or above in FPMT 0102 will be registered in FPMT 0104.
  3. A student who gets an F grade in any math course can repeat the course once more.

  4. If a student fails in a particular math course twice, s/he will not be registered for the course but can appear for the final examination of the course in the following semester. The student can audit the course with permission from the course coordinator and the instructor of the course.

  5. A student who has passed FPMT 0103 and wishes to transfer to a science based college can take a challenge test which is considered equivalent to FPMT 0105. If the student fails, s/he has a chance to repeat the challenge test again at the end of the next semester.


General rules

Repeating Courses

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

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.

Transfer between Colleges

General Transfer Criteria between Colleges:

  • Students should complete the preparatory studies courses before being transferred. 

  • Transfer between majors takes place within the college itself. 

  • After all college transfer criteria are met, there will be a further ability test before acceptance in Physical Education, Art Education, and Music and Musical Science. 

  • Students should have passed English level 6 or its equivalent ( ILETS or TOEFL IBT) if they plan to transfer to any English-medium and bilingual program. Also students from a humanity college who passed FPMT 0103 must undergo and pass a challenge test in FPMT 0105 if they wish to transfer to any science college.

  • Students must consider the remaining duration of study at SQU when applying for transfer and should not exceed the maximum allowable duration (refer to the academic regulations). 

  • Students are only permitted to select one transfer choice. 

  • Students are only allowed to transfer once. 

  • Approval for transfer depends on the number of available seats in the college. Students will not be transferred if seats are unavailable even if they have fulfilled all transfer requirements.

Important notes:

  • After transfer, only credits that are equivalent to the student's new degree plan will be counted. Other credit  hours may not be taken into account and that may lead to a delay in graduation for one or more semesters.Students should bear in mind that conflicts in their timetable may arise due to transfer and that they will be responsible to sort it out. 

  • Transfer to the College of Medicine and Health Sciences is not allowed for scholarship students and staff children.

Cheating in the Test

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.


Final Examinations

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.

Late Arrival

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.

Answer Sheets

  • 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.

Attendance Policy

General Preparatory Courses Lateness Policy

  • Students coming to class within the first ten minutes will  be marked late. If a student comes to class late three  times, s/he will be marked absent for one hour.

  • Students coming to class after the first ten minutes will  be marked absent for one hour and will be allowed to  attend the class if they choose to do that.

  • Students coming to class after the first thirty minutes will  be marked absent for two hours and may not be allowed  to attend the class.

Attendance Policy

Students are required to attend all their classes. However, if they fail to attend for any reason, their absence will be recorded and they will be held responsible for any consequences resulting from their absence. Note that arriving late for class is considered as absence too.
Warning Notices and Absentee Failure Notices for the Preparatory Courses are issued as follows :

It should be noted that the student will be recorded absent even if s/he is absent for a valid reason such as sickness or a driving test.
In the case of absence with a valid reason, an official document that proves the reason of absence should be provided. The CPS has the right to reject any document of questionable credibility.
Students may ask the following question: “why is a document verifying the reason of absence required if the absence is going to be counted anyway?” The document is required because students must not be absent unless they have a valid excuse.

If there is no valid excuse, measures may be taken against the student even before s/he completes absence hours required for a warning or a barring notice. Moreover, when a student is absent, s/he might miss some materials or exams. In such cases, if there is no valid reason for the absence, the student is not eligible to ask the teacher to repeat any lesson or exam-session s/he missed. However, a student can do so if there is a valid reason for the absence.

Mass Absences

Some students put pressure on other students to get agreement on the whole class to miss a lecture on a certain day. These students falsely believe that mass absence will not be recorded.
In fact, mass absence is not tolerated by the university. In the case of mass absence, all student absences will be recorded and this could result in students receiving warning notices or being barred from the final testand consequently failing the course and repeating it.

Use of cell phones in the classroom

It is obvious that a ringing cell phone creates a disturbance during a lesson. Therefore, all cell phones must be switched off during class or an examination. If this regulation is not followed, the teacher may ask the student to leave the class and may take certain actions against the student.
During an examination, students are required to switch off their cell phones and to hand them to the invigilator and collect their phones at the end of the exam.

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