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Graduate Preparation Program

Key information

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Start dates:
2 January, 26 March, 18 June, 17 September 2018
Course length:
1–5 terms
Class size range:
25+ hours per week plus 12–15 hours of independent coursework

Entry requirements

Must already have a conditional letter of admission to one of our partner institutions
Minimum TOEFL iBT 20
If below this level you can first take a Kings General English course
Minimum age:

Pathways and progress on the Graduate Preparation Program

Pathways on the Kings Graduate Preparation Program

The course

This program provides the perfect preparation for those students who want to pursue a graduate degree at one of our partner institutions, but do not yet have the required English level or test scores.

It delivers an individual approach to learning and skills development through small, focused classes and regular tutorials delivered by academic English and TOEFL specialists.

On successful completion of the program, students progress to their chosen degree at Rider University or Concordia College.


Our Graduate Preparation Program structure varies by student, but follows a general, annual system of two semesters + summer session. On average students progress by 15 points on the TOEFL iBT range each term (10 at higher levels).

It includes:

  • Close, personal attention in small groups
  • Regular tutorials so that tutors and the Academic Affairs Manager can provide individual guidance
  • Frequent progress tests
  • Regular reports

Skills developed

The program will enable students to:

  • Become familiar with the US education system
  • Become familiar with the style of language used in academic texts
  • Increase reading and writing speed
  • Enlarge vocabulary, especially in relation to academic subjects
  • Identify key facts and information from a wide range of texts
  • Organize and set out factual information clearly and coherently, orally and in writing
  • Identify and analyze the main argument in a text or presentation
  • Express ideas and opinions logically and confidently


1. English for Academic Study

Students are prepared for the intellectual and linguistic demands of graduate-level study at one of our partner institutions.

2. Academic Study Skills

This component ensures students:

  • Are trained in the study skills, conventions and style required for a master's degree in the USA
  • Can express themselves effectively in their own fields of study
  • Can deliver authoritative presentations and contribute effectively in seminars
  • Can assess and evaluate their own strengths, interests, and options so they make informed decisions in their studies
  • Can assert their own ideas in academic contexts

3. Test Preparation: GRE, GMAT

If required for progression to a master's degree at one of our partner institutions, GRE/GMAT test preparation is offered.

Please note, extra tutoring and test preparation is available at additional cost.

4. Preparation guidance

Guiding students on preparation, specifically, for study in one of our partner master's degrees.