Around 9,000 students will take the Combined Aptitude Test For English (CATE) on Wednesday. Students will appear for the test across 22 centres, which include 15 colleges affiliated to CATE and seven other non-CATE colleges.
The examination will carry 100 marks and is of one-and-half-hours duration — from 10 am to 11.30 am. The questions will assess a student’s language skills in terms of vocabulary, grammar and basic knowledge of literature. Last year, CATE was introduced for the first time and 12 colleges participated in the test. This year, the number has risen to 17.
“The test will help us gauge the aptitude of the students and also clear the misconception of some. BA (H) English is primarily a literature and not a language course,” said Tapan Basu, a member of the CATE committee.
The examination will be divided into two parts. Part A will carry objective type questions and Part B subjective. The results for the test will be declared on June 21 on the DU website. But admission will not be done solely on the basis of test scores. Participating colleges will give 70 per cent weightage to CATE score and 30 per cent to Class XII marks. The 17 colleges will declare separate cut-offs on June 22.