Foundation English School Exemption Criteria

New students who are admitted to English language medium departments are required to take Foundation English School (FES) English Proficiency Examination. However, students who confirm their English language proficiency levels with one of the valid certificates indicated in Table 1 can be exempted from the Foundation English School program.  Additionally, students who successfully complete the Foundation English School program at a university and Master students who pursue their  undergraduate studies in an English medium program are also exempted from FES examination and program.  However, all the valid documents indicating students’ English language proficiency levels have to be submitted to Student Services and Foundation English School administration before the student sits FES proficiency exam and commences  their FES English language program.  Please note that the referred certificates are not accepted after the students take the exam and enrol FES program.

All the newly admitted GAU students who do not have an English language certificate are required to take FES proficiency examination and they are placed into A1, A2, B1, and B2 English language levels in consideration with the grades they obtain from the exam.


Table 1:  Exemptions from Foundation English School Program


Faculty and Departments requiring minimum 60/100 on the GAU FES English Proficiency Exam (All English medium departments except for the Faculty and Departments indicated in the second column)

Faculty and Departments requiring minimum 80/100 on the GAU FES English Proficiency Exam (Faculty of Pharmacy, English Literature , Translation and Interpretation and English Language Teaching Departments & Master Students.

IELTS (minimum 5.0)

(Not valid for students from Turkey)

IELTS (Minimum 5.5)

(Not valid for students from Turkey)

TOEFL IBT (minimum 60)

TOEFL IBT (minimum 65)

TOEFL CBT (minimum 170)

TOEFL CBT (minimum 183)

TOEFL PBT (minimum 497)

TOEFL PBT (minimum 513)

GCE/IGCSE (Minimum C)

GCE/IGCSE (Minimum B)

FCE (Minimum C)

FCE (Minimum B)

CPE/CAE (Minimum C)

CPE/CAE (Minimum B)

SAT : Writing:Minimum 340

SAT : Writing:Minimum 350

Reading: Minimum 400

Reading: Minimum 410

Total: Minimum 740

Total: Minimum 760

PTE:Minimum 40

PTE:Minimum 46



  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System
  • TOEFL IBT: Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • TOEFL PBT: Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • TOEFL CBT: Computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • GCE: General Certificate of Education
  • IGCSE: International General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • FCE: First Certificate in English
  • CAE: Certificate in Advanced English
  • CPE: Certificate of  Proficiency in English
  • SAT: The SAT Reasoning Test (Formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test)
  • PTE: Pearson Test of English




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