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Preparatory Program Structure

Admission Criteria

The majority of students entering the PMU Preparation Program will be graduates of the secondary school Science Stream in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. However, students of other nationalities and from other countries also will be admitted if they have received equivalent secondary school preparation.

All students applying for admission must submit a satisfactory overall average on the General Secondary Education Certificate and satisfactory scores on standardized tests. The admissions process will ensure that every student admitted to the program possesses the EFL ability to perform at least at Level 1.

Student Placement

Students’ initial instructional levels will be determined by a placement test administered before the beginning of the semester.
PMU Placement Scale
CEFR Level A1 Pre-Beginner
CEFR Level A2 Beginner
CEFR Level B1 Intermediate
CEFR Level B2 Advanced
CEFR Level C1 Core


Sequence of Courses

The Preparatory Program classes build upon one another in a sequence. Students must internalize the subject matter, skills, strategies, and analytical attitudes of lower level classes before they can successfully participate in and benefit from higher level classes.

The “ideal sequence” noted below in EFL, math, and study skills and learning strategies (Theories and Applications of Learning I and II) will allow a well-prepared, highly motivated, and intellectually active student the opportunity to complete the Preparatory Program in three semesters. Upon completing the program, the student will be appropriately prepared for success in the Core Curriculum and major classes that will follow.
Beginners All Colleges
1st Semester
Course Number Course Title Contact Hours
PRPC 0021 Communication Skills10
PRPW 0021 Writing Skills10
PRPE 0021 Enhanced Learning10
Total Credit Hours 30

Intermediate Level
Intermediate Level- for CAS/Business/CCES- 2nd Semester Intermediate Level- for COE 2nd Semester
Intermediate Level- for CAS/Business/CCES- 2nd Semester Intermediate Level- for COE 2nd Semester
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PRPC 0041 Communication Skills 10 PRPC 0041 Communication Skills 10
PRPW 0041 Writing Skills 10 PRPW 0041 Writing Skills 10
PRPL 0011 Theories & Applications of Learning 1 3 PRPL 0011 Theories & Applications of Learning 1 3
PRPI 0041 Intermediate Enhanced Learning 2 PRPI 0041 Intermediate Enhanced Learning 2
PRPM 0011 Introductory  5 PRPM 0012 Intermediate Algebra 5
Total Credit Hours 30 Total Credit Hours 30
PREPARATORY PROGRAM TOTAL CREDIT HOURS = 90hrs

Advanced Level
Advanced Level - for CAS/Business/CCES 3rd Semester Advanced Level - for COE 3rd Semester
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PRPC 0061 Communication Skills 10 PRPC 0061 Communication Skills 10
PRPW 0061 Writing Skills 10 PRPW 0061 Writing Skills 10
PRPL 0012 Theories & Applications of Learning 11 3 PRPL 0012 Theories & Applications of Learning 11 3
PRPE 0061 Advanced Enhanced Learning 2 PRPA 0061 Advanced Enhanced Learning 2
PRPM 0012 Intermediate Algebra 5 PRPM 0022 Pre- Calculus 5
Total Credit Hours 30 Total Credit Hours 30
PREPARATORY PROGRAM TOTAL CREDIT HOURS = 90hrs