Guidelines for the Entrance Examination of the Applicants for the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (EE for AHSS)

Habib University’s Entrance Examination for AHSS is a computer-based standardized test from College Board, the world leader in student assessment. The EE for AHSS assesses your English reading and sentence-formation skills, your ability to express your thoughts in writing, and competence in Arithmetic. It is mandatory for all applicants, except those who qualify for the test exemption based on their SAT I scores or Grades as per the details given in the section of ‘Exemptions form HU Entrance Examinations’. The test has the following characteristics

The test has the following characteristics:

  • It is administered online
  • It is a multiple-choice test (except for the essay section)
  • It is not timed
  • No negative marking
  • It adapts to your level of ability*

*The test uses computer-adaptive testing technology to select test questions that are best suited for each test taker; i.e., the test will give you questions based on how you have performed on the questions up till that point.

Habib University administers the test at its campus in Karachi. In other cities, it is administrated at the identified spaces under the supervision of HU team

Time required to complete the Test

There is no fixed time period within which you have to complete the test. The test time depends on your own ability and pace. On an average, students take three to four hours to complete the assessment.

English component of CEE

Reading Comprehension

The Reading Comprehension section is a multiple-choice assessment. There are approximately 40 questions in the reading comprehension portion of the exam. These questions assess your ability to identify the main idea of a passage; distinguish the main idea from supporting ideas; or determine the central focus of a passage even when it is not explicitly stated. They also assess your ability to comprehend details and ideas that are conveyed implicitly in a passage, and to understand connections and implications. These questions further test your ability to recognize the purpose of a passage and understand how the author uses language to achieve that purpose.

Sentence Skills (Grammar)

The Sentence Skills section is a multiple-choice assessment. There are approximately 40 questions in this section. These questions assess your ability to recognize correct sentences in written English; avoid errors in sentence structure; and avoid errors in agreement such as lack of subject-verb agreement, incorrect verb tense, etc. They also assess your ability to use correct sentence modifiers, such as adjectives, adjective clauses, adverbs, adverb clauses etc.

Essay Writing

The Essay Writing section will ask you to write a five-paragraph persuasive essay (approximately 350–500 words) on the given topic. You will not be allowed to use a dictionary or other outside resources, but you may use plain scratch paper to plan your essay and write your rough draft(s).

You will be provided with an essay prompt. An essay prompt is a short passage adapted from some authentic text. Following the passage is an essay assignment that requires the student to focus on the issue addressed in the passage. Prompts are free of technical or specific literary references and do not require specialized knowledge. The prompts are designed to stimulate critical thinking and are relevant to any number of fields and interests. The essay gives you an opportunity to show how effectively you can develop and express your ideas in writing. You should support your position with appropriate reasoning and examples.

The position you take will not influence your score. Your essay will be given a holistic score that represents how clearly and effectively you expressed your position. The following six characteristics of writing will be considered:

  1. Purpose and Focus:
    The extent to which you present information in a unified and coherent manner, clearly addressing the issue.
  2. Critical Thinking:
    The extent to which you communicate a point of view and demonstrate reasoned relationships between ideas.
  3. Organization and Structure:
    The extent to which you order and connect ideas.
  4. Development and Support:
    The extent to which you develop and support ideas.
  5. Sentence Variety and Style:
    The extent to which you craft sentences and paragraphs, demonstrating control of vocabulary, voice and structure.
  6. Mechanical Conventions:
    The extent to which you express ideas using standard written English.


Arithmetic component of EE for AHSS

It is a multiple-choice assessment. There are approximately 40 questions in the Arithmetic portion of the exam. This section will assess your ability in the following areas:

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers and fractions; recognize equivalent fractions and mixed numbers; take squares and square roots.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimal numbers; recognize equivalent fractions and decimal numbers; take squares and square roots of decimal numbers.
  • Solve word problems involving percentages.
  • Ability to estimate sums, differences, products, and quotients of fractions and mixed numbers; order fractions, decimals, and percentages and round numbers.
  • Ability to solve word problems involving rates, ratios, proportions, averages, graphs and tables.

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