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Evaluation criteria

Evaluation criteria

Language lesson attendance

Attendance is highly recommended as participation is a part of students’ final grades. Active participation in lessons is also the best preparation for mid-term and end-of-semester exams and it enables students to improve their skills for the final, for-credit, exam taken during the last semester. Students are required to make up work missed when absent, including any homework. Although there is no absence limit, students are recommended to miss no more than three lessons each semester.

English for Bachelor’s degree students in Economics and Management and Single-cycle Master’s degree in Law

English is obligatory, no exemptions will be granted. Students must take exams at the end of the third year.

The course is structured to provide natural progression, semester by semester.

During each semester, students are supposed to take a mid-term and an end-of-semester test aimed at assessing students' oral and written skills. Students who pass these exams reach the level goals and can progress to the next module. In case students do not successfully pass the exam they may not progress to the next and higher level.

The final exam, taken at the end of the third year, certifies that a student has reached his exit level, based on students’ levels upon beginning of their studies. The exit level is defined as the minimum level a student is expected to reach at the end of the course. Reaching the set goal before the end of the last semester does not exempt a student from attending courses, nor does it allow students to take the final exam before their third year of studies (except in case of the highest level according to CEFR: C2.2).

The final language qualification is therefore conditional upon reaching, at the end of the third year, the minimum level based on the one assessed at the beginning of the course.

Students that do not pass their final exam can re-take it at Trinity School Accademia Linguistica in line with the exam sessions as pubished in the academic calendar (winter, autumn and summer session). Students can take - for each session - a maximum number of attempts. Further information will be provided by the Language Center. 

English and mandatory second language – Bachelor's and Master's degree programs Department of Political Science

English and obligatory second language courses taught by Luiss instructors have final exams with grades expressed in thirtieths that award students credits. The exam is based on work done throughout the semester including:

  • attendance and participation
  • class work including exercises in the textbook and other materials provided by the instructor
  • homework (including online work)
  • final written and oral exam results 

End-of-semester written exams consist of a reading passage relevant to topics covered during the course and an argumentative essay, with an introduction, development and conclusion. Oral exams take place during regular exam sessions and are published on the academic calendar. At the end of the oral exam, students will receive a grade, expressed in thirtieths, as well as credits and a certification of their level according to the Common European Framework of Reference. Students who do not pass the exam or are absent during the session, can retake the final exam in a later session.

For bachelor’s degree students: students who test at the C1.1 level in their initial or end-of-semester evaluation can enroll for the second language course taught by a Luiss instructor and take the final exam even before reaching their final semester.   

Mandatory language - Bachelor's degree program in Economics and Business and Management and Computer Science

The mandatory language course is structured to provide natural progression, semester by semester and, at the end of the course, students have to get a final language qualification.

During each semester, students are supposed to take a mid-term and an end-of-semester test aimed at assessing students' oral and written skills. Students who pass these exams reach the level goals and can progress to the next module. In case students do not successfully pass the exam they may not progress to the next and higher level. Students will be granted the final language qualification when they can demonstrate progression at the end of the course.

Students who test at level B2.4 in initial level tests will be exempt from the course and granted the final language qualification. Moreover, students who reach the B2 level during a course get the final language qualification before the course finishes. Exemption from language courses will only be granted if a student presents an international certification stating achievement of level B2 after registering with Luiss. Certificates must be valid and granted no more than two years prior to the exemption request.

Mandatory language - Master's degree programs Department of Business and Management

The mandatory language course runs for one semester (the second of the first year) and students have to get a final language qualification.

No exemptions will be granted and the final language qualification is conditional upon getting a positive result at the end of the course.

Optional language courses (all Departments)

Optional language courses are held on Saturday mornings. Course length changes depending on the students’ course of study.

During each semester, students are supposed to take a mid-term and an end-of-semester test aimed at assessing students' oral and written skills. Students who pass these exams reach the level goals and can progress to the next module. If students do not successfully pass the exam they may not progress to the next and higher level. 

Bachelor’s degree students and students of Law who test at level B2.4 in initial level tests will be exempted from the course and granted a final language qualification. Moreover, students who reach the B2 level during a course get the final language qualification before the course finishes. Exemption from language courses will only be granted if a student presents an international certification stating achievement of level B2 after registering with Luiss. Certificates must be valid and granted no more than two years prior to the exemption request.

Master’s degree students cannot be exempted under any circumstances.