Exam information for BA students

Filter Exam 1

The material below refers to the Alapvizsga for the new B.A. program (BTANN216 & BTANL216). Please check the tanrend for the prerequisites for the old Alapvizsga for the 4-year program (BTANT116).

The Alapvizsga is based upon the material from the following classes:
Listening & Speaking (1st & 2nd semester)
Integrated Skills (1st & 2nd semesters)
Use of English (1st & 2nd semesters)
Reading & Writing (1st & 2nd semesters)
Descriptive Grammar (1st & 2nd semesters)

Students are responsible for all the material covered in these classes. The index with all relevant signatures and marks must be presented at the written exam. Students unable to prove that they have passing marks in all ten (10) seminars will not be allowed to begin the exam.

Components of the Alapvizsga:
Listening test
Written test (includes sections on reading comprehension, grammar, and proofreading.)
Essay test
Oral test (consists of two parts: 1} speaking skills and 2} grammar.)
Students get a passing mark on all 5 sections in order to pass the exam. Failure in any one test means that you must re-take that particular test again.
Sitting for the exam:
The first part of the exam begins normally in the second week after regular classes are over. By this time you must have passing marks AND signatures in your black book for all the seminars listed above. If any of these are missing, then you will not be allowed to sit for the exam.
The first part of the exam takes place all on one day. It consists of three tests, beginning with the listening test (30 minutes), followed by the written test (90 minutes), and the essay test (90 minutes). There are 20-30 minutes breaks between the tests.
The second part of the exam—the oral test—is conducted in the two weeks after the written test. There will be four different dates in this period for which students may sign up. These dates will be announced and may be signed up for during the last week of classes.
Re-sits: If a student fails the first time, then two more opportunities are granted automatically by the Registrar’s Office. The second round normally begins two weeks after the first exam date, and the third then another two weeks after that. Dates will be announced in May.
If a student is unable to attend a date for which you have signed up, then you must inform one of the teachers participating in the exam at least 24 hours in advance. Failure to do so means an automatic one.
Individual tests 
Listening test: Students receive a list of 15 to 20 questions five minutes before the test begins. The text—approximately 5 to 10 minutes long—is then read one time, and one time only. Students then have 10 minutes in which to answer the questions they were given.
Written test: As noted above, the test has three sections: reading comprehension (30%), grammar (60%), and proofreading (10%). Reading comprehension includes a variety of texts of varying length. Possible tasks include multiple choice regarding global understanding and specific information, gap filling, rearranging paragraphs, inserting topic sentences, vocabulary matching (synonyms). Grammar topics include all the material covered in the first year. Possible tasks in the grammar section include sentence completion, transformation, …. The proofreading section requires students to read a short (3/4 page) text and correct tense mistakes, plural errors, and punctuation.
Essay test: Students receive a choice of three topics, and then choose one to write an argumentative essay on. The composition must be between 400 to 500 words, and students may use a dictionary for this test. Essays are evaluated based upon organization, grammar, and content (Note: the last point refers to intellectual quality and does not mean that a student must represent a particular opinion).
Oral Test: Students receive a short text and have approximately 5-10 mintues to read it over. Then studetns will have to read a section of the text aloud, summarize the text in their own words, and engage the examiners in discussion about the text. Students should express their own views on the problem/issues presented in the text and be prepared to defend their position.
Grammar test (oral): Immediately following the oral discussion of the text, students then will be expected to answer regarding grammar points found in the text. Students are expected to be able to recognize those grammar sturctures covered during the 1st year (Use of English & Integrated Skills) and to know basic terminology regarding English grammar.


Exit Exam

The B.A. exit exam (államvizsga) includes two basic sections: a written exam given during the April exam session and an oral exam in the exit exam period in May (both parts in the December exit exam period in the autumn term). A printable version of all the BA exit exam information found here can also be downloaded.

Written exam


The written part of the exam consists of 5 parts in the following order:

  • Video viewing (approx. 30 minutes)
  • Grammar test (1 hour)
  • summary writing, essay writing sentence transformation (3 hours) — examinees may work on these parts in the order they find convenient.

With the exception of the grammar test, examinees may use a monolingual dictionary for the different tasks. For the examination to be successful, at least a 50% result should be achieved in each part.

Students need to sign up for the exam in advance in the department office in room 20. The exam will not be advertised on Neptun.

The following books are useful in preparing for the exam:
Graver, B.D. 1990. Advanced English Practice. Oxford: OUP. pp.1-183.
Quirk, R. , Greenbaum, S. 1985. A Student’s Grammar of the English Language. London, New York: Longman.

sample test can be downloaded here.


Oral exam

At the conclusion of their three-year studies, students are expected to demonstrate their oral language proficiency and their familiarity with the basics of their chosen concentration. In selecting a reading list as the basis for the examination, students are given the chance to follow their general interests and to take responsibility for what they have learned during their studies. The preparation phase for the exam should be considered a time to reflect back on what you have learned and a chance to see new connections between the different subjects studied in the seminars/lectures (culture, history, literature).

Students are examined by a committee of two persons: one instructor who teaches in the concentration classes (American Studies, British Studies, Linguistics) and a second who teaches primarily outside the concentration. Ideally, one of the examiners is the thesis consultant.

The záróvizsga lasts from 20-30 minutes and consists of two parts. In the first part students give a five-minute presentation of their written thesis. Audiovisual materials may be used, e.g., PowerPoint, maps, handouts, etc. Here, the structure (chapter division), main argument, and main findings should be covered. Students receive a mark based on the clarity and quality of the presentation, as well as their answers to a few short questions during the discussion immediately following the presentation.

The second part is a discussion of the materials from the student’s reading list. There are no set questions in advance; students are expected to be familiar enough with the readings to discuss most aspects of these texts. General themes or topics for discussion will usually emerge from the combination of readings selected.

Reading List

For the oral exam, students need to submit a reading list by March 6. The reading list is based upon the concentration classes (American Studies, British Studies, or Linguistics) and must be approved by one of the responsible faculty members. The form to be submitted for the reading list may be downloaded here.

The individual reading lists for the three concentration areas–American Studies, British Studies, Linguistics— may be downloaded here.

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