In addition to fulfilling the English language entry requirement to gain admission to their programme of study, doctoral (PhD) students who are not native speakers of English must also fulfil the Imperial College London PhD Academic English Requirement via an initial academic English assessment (English Assessment 1) and possibly a later progress check (English Assessment 2).

Further information on the Imperial College London PhD Academic English Requirement

PhD academic English assessment dates

Register for EA1

To fulfil the Imperial College London PhD Academic English Requirement, students must take the first available EA1 after fully registering onto their PhD programme, normally within 3 months of the PhD registration date (delays will be considered on a case by case basis). This is because the aim of the Requirement is to identify as soon as possible those who might need or want to improve their academic English writing competence, and to ensure that they are offered appropriate support in the first 9 months of their PhD. .

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 Next available dates for October 2019 assessements will be published in due course                                                  
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To book a place, please select the first available EA1 date and complete the online registration form.

Register for EA2

EA2 is to be taken by students who scored level 1 or 2 on EA1, and have completed both Academic Writing 1 and Academic Writing 2. It is part of the Early Stage Assessment (ESA) carried out by your department, which is usually nine months into the PhD. Please note that the latest a student can take EA2 is normally 3 months after their ESA. Delays will be considered on a case by case basis.

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 Wednesday 26 June 2019   13.00-16.30
 Thursday 4 July 2019  09.00-13.30
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To book a place, please select a suitable EA2 date and complete the online registration form.

 

Description of the PhD academic English assessments

Student writing an assessment

Stage 1 - English Assessment 1 (EA1)

EA1 is to be taken as soon as possible after students have fully registered onto their PhD programme. Please note that the latest a student can take EA1 is normally 3 months after their PhD registration date. 

EA1 is an assessment of academic writing focusing on text organisation, sentence structure, grammar and academic vocabulary.  It consists of writing a definition/explanation of a scientific term and a technical text, in addition to language tasks. The assessment duration is two hours. The writing courses offered to a student will depend on the results of the assessment. All results are reported to the student, Postgraduate Administrator and Director of Postgraduate Studies. 

  • LEVEL 1: This indicates that there are significant problems with academic writing that need to be addressed within the first 9 months of the PhDWe strongly recommend that the student attends the 8-week Preparation for Academic Writing course and two 8-week academic writing modules (Academic Writing 1, followed by Academic Writing 2) during the first 9 months of the PhD. The student’s progress will be assessed in English Assessment 2 (EA2) around the time of the Early Stage Assessment (ESA). 
     
  • LEVEL 2:This indicates that there is a need to develop competence in academic writing within the first 9 months of the PhD. We strongly recommend that the student attends the 8-week Academic Writing 1 course followed by Academic Writing 2 during the first 9 months of the PhD. The student’s progress will be assessed in English Assessment 2 (EA2) around the time of the Early Stage Assessment (ESA).  
     
  • LEVEL 3:This indicates that the student would benefit from further language and writing development during the first 9 months of the PhD. We recommend that the student attends the 8-week Academic Writing 1&2, Condensed course during the first 9 months of the PhD.The student will not be assessed again. 
     
  • LEVEL 4:This indicates that the student has a high level of competence in academic writing. We offer advanced-level academic writing courses such as Advanced Academic Writing or Writing a Research Paper. The student will not be assessed again. 

PhD students can also register for CfAE PhD technical speaking courses. All Imperial students and academic staff can register for our Communicating Science Successfully sessions, 1:1 consultations and listening and speaking courses.

Student working on a PC

Stage 2 - English Assessment 2 (EA2)

EA2 is only to be taken by students who scored level 1 or 2 on EA1 and have completed both Academic Writing 1 and Academic Writing 2. It is taken around the time of the Early Stage Assessment (ESA), which is usually nine months into the PhD. Please note that the latest a student can take EA2 is normally 3 months after their ESA. 

EA2 is an assessment of academic writing focusing on text organisation, sentence structure, grammar and academic vocabulary.  It consists of writing a definition/explanation of a scientific term and a technical text, in addition to language tasks. The assessment duration is approximately 3 hours. The writing courses offered to a student will depend on what courses the student has already attended and the results of the assessment. All results are reported to the student, supervisor, Postgraduate Administrator and Director of Postgraduate Studies. 

  • LEVEL 1: This indicates that there are still significant problems with academic writing. The assessment indicates that the student is not yet able to communicate appropriately and will be invited to a feedback session with a CfAE tutor. At this feedback session, we will discuss a plan for development and progress, as well as specific recommendations related to the student’s language/writing needs. We strongly recommend that the student begins by attending the Improving Academic Writing course.

  • LEVEL 2:This indicates that there is still a need to develop competence in academic writing. The assessment indicates that the student is not yet able to communicate complex information accurately and unambiguously. The student may be invited to a feedback session with a CfAE tutor to discuss a plan to ensure continued development and progress. We generally recommend that the student begins by attending the Improving Academic Writing course, but we may recommend registering directly for the Advanced Academic Writing course.   

  • LEVEL 3: This indicates that the student would benefit from further language and writing development. The assessment indicates that the student can communicate reasonably well but is not always able to control and organise complex information. We suggest that the student begins by attending the Advanced Academic Writing course.

  • LEVEL 4:This indicates that the student has a high level of competence in academic writing. The assessment indicates that the student can communicate, control and organise complex information. We suggest that the student considers the Advanced Academic Writing course or the Writing a Research Paper course.

PhD students can also register for CfAE PhD technical speaking courses. All Imperial students and academic staff can register for our Communicating Science Successfully sessions, 1:1 consultations and listening and speaking courses.