It is important to note that admission of students to the FYP and FBSU will be usually in the first semester, and possibly in the second semester. Each student is required to take placement tests in English, IT, and Mathematics to determine their level in these topics. Students will be placed in one of two levels in English, IT, and Mathematics based on their performance on the corresponding placement tests. The duration of each level is one semester with 15 weeks followed by properly designed proficiency tests. The tests are designed by the FYP faculty members in consultation with the AUB team specifically for this purpose. In addition, where applicable, students must satisfy the admission criteria set by the colleges to which they apply.
Duration of the FYP
Students joining the FYP will be placed in one of two levels in English, IT, and Mathematics based on their performance on the corresponding placement tests. The duration of each level is one semester with 15 weeks followed by properly designed proficiency tests.
The program could be completed in one or two semesters depending on the entry level of the learner as well as on the skills and content targets as determined by the proficiency tests. It is important, therefore, that all stakeholders realize that it takes time to acquire, reinforce, and build on literacy and content skills. Students who fail to complete the program in two years may be asked to withdraw from the University.
Placement and Promotion in the FYP
All applicants to the University will be assigned a learning level in each of the three subjects (English, IT, and Mathematics) based on their performance on special tests designed to measure their abilities, skills, and knowledge in these three areas.
Promotion to a higher level in each of the three subjects (English, IT, Mathematics) is not automatic; learners must demonstrate that they have successfully met the instructional objectives set for the current level before moving on to a higher level. The placement test will be administered again to serve as a measurement of progress made by the learners over the period of one semester.
In addition to traditional achievement tests and quizzes, learners will be assessed by alternative forms of assessment that are more formative and qualitative in nature, such as portfolios, focused observations with checklists, self and peer assessment, interviews, projects, oral presentations, and conferences.
Exit from the program will be determined upon achievement of a satisfactory score on well-designed measures of proficiency in the various areas.