M.A. In English TESL Examination
All students enrolled in Arkansas Tech's M.A. in English - TESL are required to pass
the TESL Examination, which is administered three times each year on the first Saturday
in November, April, and August. Students should submit their list of courses to be
covered in the exam to the Department Head two weeks before the examination date.
There is no registration fee. Click this link to access the application to take the MA English/TESL comprehensive
The M.A. in English TESL Examination will be administered on the following dates
• Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
• Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
• Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Examination Committee
Each student selects a TESL Examination committee by identifying three courses he
or she has taken as part of the M.A. in English - TESL and submitting this course
list to the English Department Head. If the list is approved, the Department Head
solicits an examination question or questions from the professors who taught the courses
selected by the student. A student may select two courses taught by the same professor,
but each student's examination committee must comprise at least two English graduate
faculty members. With the permission of the Department Head a student may elect to
take only one or two parts of the examination on a specific examination date.
The M.A. in English TESL Examination consists of three parts. Each part concentrates on one of the three courses identified by the student and approved by the Department Head. Students will be given 90 minutes to complete each section.
Each part will be graded pass or fail by the graduate English professor who wrote the question or questions for that particular part. Students must pass all three parts of the examination.
Students will be notified of examination results within two weeks of the examination date.
A student who fails some portion of the examination may retake the failed parts or parts at the next scheduled administration or at a special administration scheduled at the discretion of the Department Head.
A student who fails one or more parts of the examination on a second attempt may petition
the Department Head for a third (and final) chance. A student does not have an automatic
right to take the examination a third time. A student whose petition is denied may
appeal the decision to the Dean of Graduate Studies.