Frequently Asked Questions and Their Answers
1. What is the purpose of the Preparatory School?
The preparatory school aims to educate our students so that they can acquire various new skills
offered in a foreign language. We believe this is of vital importance in an environment of global
competition and therefore adopt linguistic skills as part of the İstanbul Medipol University’s
2. What is Optional Preparatory School?
Newly registered students who are placed in the Turkish program can attend an optional preparatory class. In this case, they can apply to the General Coordinator of Foreign Languages and enroll in the English Preparatory Program if there is a quota. Students attending an optional preparatory class are subject to all provisions of the English Preparatory Program like all other students. Students who attend the optional preparatory class switch to their own programs when they are successful at the end of an academic year, and when they fail, they switch to their own programs by petitioning the language school secretary.
3. How long is the compulsory English preparatory program?
The normal education period of the Compulsory English Preparatory Program is two years. Students who cannot successfully complete the compulsory English preparatory program within two years are dismissed from the University. If these students apply to the secretarial of the Faculty they are affiliated with, they are placed in programs that teach Turkish by OSYM.
4. How many tracks are there in the English Preparatory Program?
There are four tracks in the English Preparatory Program.
5. How many weeks are there in each track?
There are eight weeks in each track.
6. When do the tracks start and finish?
The dates of tracks can be checked from the Preparatory School Website at
7. Where can I freeze/unfreeze and cancel the registration?
Registration freeze/opening and cancellation procedures are done by applying to the Faculty Secretarial to which the student is affiliated, with a petition.
8. Where can I find the academic calendar for the exam dates and holidays?
You can find the academic calendar for the Preparatory School at
9. What are the elements of assessment?
The elements of assessment in the Preparatory School are;
a) TA (Teacher Assessments)
b) TAT (Track Achievement Test)
d) MTA (Midterms)
f) ESP (English for Specific Purposes)
10. How are the students graded?
Grading has the below components:
MIDTRACK EXAM (MTE): Each track will have a Midtrack exam that assesses the progress of the students. This exam constitutes 20% of the track score.
TEACHER ASSESSMENT: Each student is given a weekly teacher’s assessment score by each instructor separately based on the student’s attendance, participation and homework assignments. The criterion may vary. The average of assessment scores from all teachers of a student constitutes 10% of the track score.
TRACK ACHIEVEMENT TEST (TAT): At the end of each track, there will be a Track Achievement Test assessing students’ progress. This exam constitutes 30% of the track score.
ESP (English for Specific Purposes): In order to familiarize our students with the terminology they will use in their departments, ESP course (professional English) is given. Professional English accounts for 10% of the annual assessment score and is given only in the 2nd semester.
Project: These are applications that enable our students to work collectively and to work and produce on a subject. Project evaluations comprise 20% of the 1st semester and 15% of the 2nd semester Track average.
Portfolio: It is an evaluation of the work they have done to improve our students’ writing skills. Portfolio evaluations comprise 20% of the 1st semester and 15% of the 2nd semester.
11. How are the final scores calculated?
After the mean average of the scores that the students achieve in all four tracks is calculated, 60% of
this average point is added to the 40% of the P.L.A.T. exam at the end of the year. If the student’s
overall score is higher than 70, the student passes the Preparatory School.
** 100% Online Education Procedures:
There have been some changes and regulations regarding the online education and assessment procedures by the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) due to Covid-19 Pandemic measures.
The forestated annual grading and assessment (60% of the total average score of four tracks and 40% of the PLAT exam) has changed according to the YÖK regulation stating that online assessments cannot be more than 40% of the annual evaluation. The updated annual grading consists of 40% of the total average of four tracks and 60% of the PLAT (final) exam.
12. What is the pass score?
The pass score is 70, which is the 60% of the average scores of the four tracks added to the 40% of
the P.L.A.T. exam at the end of the year.
*Pandemic Measures Update: During the pandemic, (2020-21 academic year )the updated annual grading consists of 40% of the total average of four tracks and 60% of the PLAT (final) exam.
13. What is P.L.A.T.?
P.L.A.T. is the language efficiency test that every student who satisfied their attendance obligation takes. Its contribution to the students’ overall score is 40%.
14. What should I do if I missed/failed the P.L.A.T.?
Students who miss/fail the P.L.A.T. can take the makeup test, which is another P.L.A.T. exam.
15. What happens if I fail in the makeup test?
Students who fail the makeup test or whose overall score is below 70 attend the paid summer course voluntarily.
16. What is the percentage of attendance obligation?
If your absentee rate is above 15% of the classes taught, you can attend summer school but can not take the P.L.A.T.
Total class hours may vary in line with the official holidays and weather conditions.
It is students’ responsibility to keep records of their absent days. Students are not informed about this.
17. Is Summer Course obligatory?
Summer Course is a six-week language course applied by the instructors of Medipol University Language School. It is NOT obligatory.
18. Is it possible to skip Summer Course?
Students who do not take part in Summer Course can finish preparatory program by getting a score
of 75 or higher from the proficiency exam taken place every September. Besides, they can finish the
program by having the related exams applied by OSYM.
19. How can I access to instructors?
Tutorial Hours: You can consult our instructors in office hours which are set before.
20. How can I check my scores on MEBİS?
Follow the link below, then sign in via your username and password. Then follow
21. Is attendance obligatory? What can I do if I fail the class because of absenteeism?
The students who do not attend the classes in over 15% of the total lessons in all 4 tracks cannot take
the P.L.A.T. test either. (Since the number of course hours taught is determined at the end of the year, the number of course hours is calculated by the Board at the end of the year.)
22. What can I do if I fail the preparatory class at the end of the year?
You can attend the paid summer course voluntarily. Summer course is a language programme which is taught by the
English Preparatory School Instructors and is a 6-week condensed language course. Attendance is not
obligatory. Students who do not attend the summer course can complete the preparatory programme
by taking a score of 75 out of the proficiency test done in September every year. Besides, preparatory
programme can also be completed through the foreign language tests the equivalence of which is
accepted by ÖSYM.
23. How is the grading system?
The grading system is explained below in a detailed way.
Teachers’ Assessment (T.A)
T.A’s (Teachers’ Assessments) are given for every lesson per week. They add up to 10% of a
students’ overall score at the end of the year.
They are the tests which are applied in the tracks the date and the time of which are not
announced before. They add up to 20% of a students’ overall score at the end of the year.
These are the reports which aim to improve different skills and include various activities in
each track. They are evaluated within quiz percentages at the end of each track.
It is the test which includes every subject taught until the test date within the tracks. They add
up to 20% of a students’ overall score at the end of the year.
It ıs the exam in which everything taught within the track is tested at the end of the tracks.
They add up to 30% of a students’ overall score at the end of the year.
24. How can I learn the exam results?
You can learn your scores through “MEBIS” on the university website with your user name and
25. Can I object to my exam result?
Objection to the exam results is made to the Language School Secretarial with a petition within five working days following the announcement of the grades. The objection is forwarded to the exam commission by the language school coordinator. If an error of fact is detected as a result of the examination to be carried out by the evaluation commission of the objection to the exam results, the necessary correction is made in the exam score within two weeks and it is recorded in the information and management system. The relevant student is informed about the subject via e-mail.
26. What types of objections are not accepted?
In multiple-choice exams, objections regarding errors such as entering the wrong booklet code, not sending the answers to the optics on time, faint or incorrect coding made by the student during optical coding are not accepted.
27. Is there a proficiency test? How can I obtain the samples of them?
There is a proficiency test which is done every September.
You can find sample proficiency exam through the link below.
28. Can I be exempt with a document?
Medipol University Preparatory Program Exemption Exam with a passing grade of 75 or any equivalent exam approved by YÖK (IELTS (overall): 6.5 and above – IELTS Online is NOT accepted, YDS-E-YDS: 70, CAE: B, CPE: C, TOEFL IBT: 84 – Toefl-IBT Home Edition Not Accepted-, PEARSON PTE Academic: 71, Oxford Test of English: B2) students who submit an exam grade obtained in the last three years are exempt from the Foundation Programme. (Click HERE for more details.)
29. Is there a deadline for document exemption?
As long as your registration is completed, an exemption can be made at any time during the academic year. However, you should discuss with your Faculty Secretariat whether the faculty you are affiliated with will start the classes.
30. Are the books paid? How can I obtain them?
The books are paid. You can obtain them through the booths which are opened by the publishing houses in our school.
31. How can I learn about the academic calender?
You can learn about the academic calender through the link below.
32. Is the health report valid? Does it affect absenteeism?
Health reports are valid as an excuse for all measurement and evaluation elements
33. Do health reports deduce from our absenteeism?
No. However, “delegation” reports are evaluated by the board of directors of the general coordinatorship of foreign languages at the end of the year, and whether it will affect absenteeism is determined by the board.
34. Are medical reports valid for make-up exams? If yes, for which exams?
For exams with excuses, you can attend the “MAKE-UP” sessions of exams with excuses, provided that you submit your health report together with the petition to the Language School Secretariat within 5 working days following the end of the report.
35. Can a friend who is not from our class attend the lesson? Can I come to class as a Guest Student?
Students who do not have an active registration cannot attend the classes. Students can only attend classes in the class they are registered in.
36. Are there any make-up exams?
There can be make-up exams for midterm and final exams, yet there are not make-up exams for quizzes.
37. What is the location of the campus? How can reach there?
Our Language School is in Kavacık Campus. Its address is below:
Kavacık Mah. Ekinciler Cad. No:19 Kavacık Kavşağı Beykoz 34810 İstanbul