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LFA Assessment

LFA Examination Information

LFA end-of-year examinations

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  1. Credit students  (i.e. students taking an LFA module as part of their degree)
  2. Non-credit students (i.e. students taking an LFA module on an extracurricular basis, members of the public, staff and students from other universities)
  3. LFA Statement of Assessment

 

Credit students

Examination format

LFA Examinations (all languages except Classical and Medieval Latin) consist of a 24 hour open exam (worth 70% of the overall mark) and an asynchronous oral exam (task-based video recording worth 30% of the overall mark).

Examination schedule

LFA examinations are usually scheduled in Weeks 4-7 of Term 3 and may include a Saturday. 

Individual arrangements

If you have a Student Support Plan (SSP) that specifies any individual arrangements for examinations, you must inform LFA as soon as you can. If you do not have an SSP but may require special arrangements, please contact at the beginning of the academic year Disability Services for further guidance at disabilityservices@york.ac.uk. For further information, click here.

What to do if you are unable to take the LFA exam on the set dates

Unless you have approved documented Exceptional Circumstances affecting Assessment (ECA), you will not be able to reschedule any of your LFA examinations. Any application for ECA should be submitted to your home department. If your claim is successful, you will be offered the opportunity to sit the exam ‘as if for the first time’ during the August resit period. Please note: LFA examinations cannot be rescheduled outside the August resit examination period.

Results

Students taking an LFA module for credit will receive their results once marks have been ratified by the Board of Examiners of their home department.

Enquiries

If you have any queries about the LFA exams please contact the LLS Reception office at lfa@york.ac.uk.

 


Non-credit students:

Registering for the end-of-year examination

If you choose to take the LFA examination, you must register in advance. A link to a registration form will be sent to all students in Week 6 of Term 2. The registration form will need to be completed and submitted by the end of week 9. You will not be able to register for the examinations after this date.

Examination format

LFA Examinations (all languages except Classical and Medieval Latin) consist of an online 24 hour open exam (worth 70% of the overall mark) and an asynchronous oral exam (task-based video recording worth 30% of the overall mark).

Examination schedule

LFA examinations are usually scheduled in Weeks 4-7 of Term 3 and may include a Saturday.  

Individual arrangements

If you have a Student Support Plan (SSP) that specifies any individual arrangements for examinations, you must inform LFA as soon as you can. If you do not have an SSP or are an external participant but may require special arrangements, please contact at the beginning of the academic year Disability Services for further guidance at disabilityservices@york.ac.uk. Please click here for further information. Individual arrangements for examinations cannot be made unless you have an SSP.

What to do if you are unable to take the LFA exam on the set dates

If you are unable to take the LFA examination on the set dates, please notify the LFA administrator as soon as possible at lfa@york.ac.uk. Please be aware that if you are a student of the University of York taking LFA as an extra-curricular module or an external participant, unless you have approved documented Exceptional Circumstances affecting Assessment (ECA), you will not be able to reschedule your LFA examinations. To apply for ECA, please read the guidelines and download the claim form from the LFA ECA webpage. LFA examinations cannot be rescheduled outside the Summer Common Assessment Period and the August resit examination period.

If you are not able to attend the scheduled exams and have not applied for ECA, a Certificate of Attendance for the LFA programme will be provided on request at the end of Term 3 from the LFA office. To receive the Certificate of Attendance you must have an attendance record of minimum 75% of the course.

Results

Extra-curricular students will receive communication of their exam results via email at the end of week 10 Term 3. Certificates are provided on request for all LFA students.  

Enquiries

If you have any queries about the LFA exams please contact the LLS Reception office at lfa@york.ac.uk or call in Monday – Friday 9.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4.00 pm (Vanbrugh C Block, V/C/013).

ECA (Mitigating Circumstances)

Exceptional Circumstances affecting Assessment (ECA)

The University recognizes that sometimes you are unable to undertake examinations due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances, such as illness, traumatic life events, personal difficulties, etc. The University calls these "exceptional circumstances", and has a policy in place to allow you to recover if you are affected during an assessment period. 

What is an exceptional circumstance?

Circumstances acceptable under this policy must be exceptional (i.e. serious and unusual) relative to the normal daily challenges that academic study presents, and unpredictable in that you could not reasonably have been expected either to avoid them, or to allow for them in planning the assessment work or preparation. For example, it is recognised that the assessment process itself can cause students to be more anxious or stressed than at other times of the academic year, and this should be considered to be one of the normal challenges that academic study presents. Except in a very small number of cases, where the impact is serious and incapacitating, this would not be considered as a valid exceptional circumstance.

A list of circumstances that are generally are, and are not accepted as exceptional is given in the policy documents below.  If you think you have been affected by exceptional circumstances during the LFA examination period, you can make a claim to have these circumstances taken into account. For an application of any kind to be considered at all it must be received within one calendar week after that examination itself, unless there are extenuating reasons why you cannot do so.

How do I make an ECA claim?

Credit students:

You must apply to the ECA Committee in your home department by submitting the completed University claim form and by providing the required evidence.  Your department will inform us about any circumstances that have arisen which may have affected your academic performance and the decision of the ECA committee. Please see the full policy below.

Exceptional Circumstances affecting Assessment Policy for Credit Students

N.B. If you are taking LFA for credit, you will have been required to make a formal request through your home department and have this signed off.  If you have not done so, you are not taking LFA for credit-bearing purposes.

Non-credit students:

If you are a University of York student taking LFA as an extra-curricular module or an external participant (member of the public, member of staff, student from other universities), if you are already aware of any exceptional circumstances that you believe may affect your ability to attend your examinations (e.g. clashes with another examination or interviews for work-placement, etc), you should complete the University ECA form to inform us. The completed ECA claim form will be available via the LFA Assessment section of the LFA website (https://www.york.ac.uk/lfa/students/assessment) and should be submitted with supporting evidence to linguistics-ex-circs@york.ac.uk. However, if you need to make a claim at a later date, you can complete the ECA form to inform us about any circumstances that have arisen that you believe may have affected your academic performance in the examinations. Please see the full policy below.

Exceptional Circumstances affecting Assessment Policy for Non-credit Students


Exceptional Circumstances Affecting Assessment Claim Form: ECA Claim Form (MS Word , 26kb)

Past papers

Accessing past LFA exam papers

If you have a university account (current username and password), there is a bank of past written papers available for download from the University of York's digital library. Should you wish to access some as part of your exam revision or preparation, the link to the digital library is: https://dlib.york.ac.uk.

Once on the page, you will be required to sign in with your username and password via the link on the top right. You will then be able to use the search box to locate past papers in your chosen language. Once you have clicked on one of the past papers, you can then click 'download' then 'EXAM_PAPER' to save a copy to your computer.

Please note: LFA exam papers are secured, therefore you will not find recent past papers in the digital library. Also, be aware that the course textbooks for language teaching may have changed a number of times over the years, so the composition of the exam may not be directly comparable, but should still provide you with some useful revision material.

 

CONTACT US 

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries about the final exams: lfa@york.ac.uk