This is a 50-minute multiple-choice test that assesses grammar, vocabulary, reading, and listening skills. Sitting this test is obligatory for all newly enrolled students at the beginning of the academic year. This exam is administered to determine the English level of the new entry students and to spot the students who have enough competence to sit the ŞEHİR Test of English Proficiency (STEP). The English Placement Test includes 30 Grammar, 30 Vocabulary, 20 Reading, and 20 Listening multiple-choice questions and lasts 50 minutes. Students whose scores are deemed satisfactory are allowed to sit the STEP while the ones who cannot sit the STEP are placed in different levels based on their scores.


STEP is the exit/exemption test of English Preparatory Program of İstanbul Şehir University. It is given to students who fulfill the entry requirements to sit this exam upon completion of the fall and spring, and/or summer semesters. It consists of "Reading", "Listening""Writing" and "Speaking" sections and is given in two sessions: "Written" and "Speaking". The written exam, the first session, takes about 3 hours (180 minutes) and assesses students’ reading, listening and writing skills. 
The speaking exam, the second session, is given on the day after the written exam. It takes 15 minutes. On the written exam day, students can learn their speaking exam time and venue from lists in their exam rooms. Students are expected to be in the allotted waiting rooms 30 minutes before their speaking exam time. The speaking exam time cannot be changed after the lists are shared.
Under no circumstances are students given a makeup for any missed session, even if they have a sick report or similar excuse.
Students have to have an official identity card with a recent and recognizable photograph as well as their school identification cards on exam days. If their photos cannot be recognized, test-givers can ask for another ID. Therefore, students are advised to bring an extra ID card with them.

Entry Requirements for STEP

Newly enrolled students first sit the English Placement Test on registration day and then the names of the students whose scores are found satisfactory are announced on the my.sehir.edu.tr website. These students are invited to sit the STEP in September. The ones who cannot get the required grade are placed in an appropriate level in the English Preparatory Program.
Students who have completed the B2 level in the English Preparatory Program successfully and who have not exceeded the absenteeism limit can sit the STEP exams in January, May or July, depending on when they finish the English Preparatory Program.  

Content of the STEP

Reading Section
Students are given two academic reading texts and are asked to answer 20 questions, which are 1.5 points each, in 60 minutes. Students are expected to transfer their answers to an optical form in the given time. Extra transfer time is not given. The question types for the reading tasks are multiple-choice. The reading section comprises 30% of the exam. For further information, please see the sample test​ shared on the website.  
Listening Section
The listening section consists of two listening tasks and comprises 25% of the exam. The first listening text is a dialogue that lasts approximately 15 minutes. Students answer questions, which are 1 point each, while listening. The first listening task includes 10 questions worth 10 points total. For the second listening task, students listen to an academic lecture, approximately 13-15 minutes long, and take notes. Afterwards, students answer listening questions using their notes. The second listening task is 25 minutes long and 10 points in total. Extra transfer time is not given under any circumstances.  
Writing Section
Students are given an argumentative writing prompt thematically linked either to the lecture or one of the reading texts. Students are expected to write an academic essay of around 300 words in 60 minutes. The essays are evaluated for organization, content, grammar, vocabulary and voice. For essay grading criterias, please check the website. The writing section comprises 25% of the exam.
Speaking Section
The speaking exam is conducted by two examiners and takes about 15 minutes. Students sit the speaking exam in pairs. Students’ speaking exams are recorded according to exam regulation rules. The exam is composed of three parts. In the first part, students are asked some general questions about their lives. In the second part, each student speaks for about 1 minute answering a question about an academic subject. In the third part of the speaking exam, students discuss an agree/disagree prompt with their partners. One student agrees, the other disagrees, and the speakers attempt to persuade each other while refuting the opposing viewpoint. This discussion may last for 6 minutes. Students’ speaking performance is assessed considering language use, delivery, content and communication. For speaking section criterias, please check the website​. The speaking component comprises 20% of the exam.

READING Section (30%)

Reading Text 1: about 1100 words, 10 questions

Reading Text 2​: about 1500 words, 10 questions

Total: 60 minutes

LISTENING Section (25%)​​

Listening 1 (While Listening): 10 questions, 15 minutes

Listening 2 (Note-taking): 10 questions, 25 minutes

Total: 40 minutes

WRITING Section (25%)​

Argumentative Essay Writing: 300+ words

Total: 60 minutes

SPEAKING Section (20%)

Part 1: Interview with the examiner, general questions about everyday topics, (2 minutes total)

Part 2: Monologue, answering an academic question for 1 minute, (4 minutes total)

Part 3: Discussion with the other examinee, a discussion prompt, (8 minutes total)

Total: about 15 minutes​

Grading and Sharing STEP Results

Students whose STEP scores are 60 or above are allowed to start their departmental studies. The results are announced as letter grades A, B, or C depending on students’ scores. 100-85 is equivalent to an A, 84-70 is a B, and 69-60 is a C. Any grade below 60 is an F. STEP results are announced via email to students’ sehir gmail account. 

Objections to the STEP Results

Students can object to their grades within five working days after they are announced. These students need to complete, sign and hand in to the prep program an objection form available on mysehir.edu.tr. The results of the objections will be finalized within two working days and sent to the addressee via e-mail. 

Other Exams Accepted by ŞEHİR

For detailed information about the other English language exams recognized by İstanbul Şehir University, please visit "Exemption from the SEPP​" webpage.