The Center for Professional Communication designs and administers a number of examinations for the GRIPS student body. Chief among these examinations is the GRIPS Placement Test of Academic English, which is administered at the beginning of the academic year to all students.
In order to complete successfully their studies at GRIPS, most students will need assistance with the preparation and writing of their final theses or dissertations. The GRIPS Placement Test of Academic Writing is designed to assess incoming students’ ability to write graduate‒level academic texts to help CPC faculty identify students’ needs so that appropriate support and resources can be provided in a timely fashion.
The test is designed to measure students’ ability to write in a style that is particular to academic writing, especially graduate writing. This form of writing involves making an argument that is based on previous research. On the test,
The focus of the test is split between students’ English language ability and students’ ability to write from academic sources. Students will receive one score for English Language Ability and one score for ability to write from academic sources.
There are a number of possible outcomes to the test.
A student’s response may be deemed
Note: Regardless of score on the placement test, all students are required to take Thesis and Policy Paper Writing in the Spring term
The TOEFL and IELTS tests are tests of English proficiency; they do not assess students’ ability to write graduate-level academic papers. The GRIPS Placement Test of Academic Writing is designed to assess that ability.