M.A. In English TESL Examination Student Information

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. The examination can be completed on campus or online.

Click this link to access the application to take the MA English/TESL comprehensive examination.

Examination Dates The M.A. in English TESL Examination will be administered on the following dates:

Saturday, November 4, 2017 starting at 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 7, 2018 starting at 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, July 28, 2018 starting at 8:00 a.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 Examination

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.

Retaking Examinations

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.