Centre for English and World Languages

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Kent International Test of English (KITE)

What is KITE?

KITE is a testing system in English for Academic Purposes designed exclusively for students who are already registered at the University of Kent.

KITE takes different forms in order to fit with the needs of Kent students and programmes of study.

Students who are required to take KITE will be notified well in advance and will be provided with support materials and further details regarding test structure. This will form part of students’ study with us, either through your Foundation, Pre-sessional or In-sessional studies.

KITE has been specifically designed to test students’ academic language skills for the purpose of study at University of Kent. The accessible format and structure allows candidates to apply their language skills to authentic academic situations.


KITE Pre-sessional and KITE Foundation assess language skills as follows: 

Paper A: Listening and Writing
Paper B: Reading and Writing  

Speaking skills are measured through a separate continuous assessment process. 

KITE In-sessional provides assessments in the four language skills on a stand-alone or combined basis, depending on the needs of students and their particular requirement to show proficiency development in different skills.

You are assessed by means of:

  • Coursework
    • in the form of both written work and an oral presentation
  • The Kent International Test of English (KITE)
    • an end-of course proficiency test taken in September

For students who need to increase their English Language proficiency before joining a University of Kent degree programme.

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For further details about KITE, please contact: cewl@kent.ac.uk


KITE Pre-sessional & KITE Foundation

Students take KITE Pre-sessional or KITE Foundation as an assessment component of a Pre-sessional or Foundation Course. This is part of the University’s process of measuring whether students have met the required level of proficiency for progression onto Undergraduate or Postgraduate courses of study. 

KITE In-sessional

Students who are already studying on Undergraduate or Postgraduate courses may be required to take a version of KITE if there is a need to measure ongoing development of proficiency in one or more language skills.

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For further details about KITE, please contact: cewl@kent.ac.uk


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Last Updated: 24/03/2015