Guidelines for the Entrance Examination of the Applicants for the School of Science and Engineering (EE for SSE)

Habib University’s Entrance Examination for SSE is a computer-based standardized test from College Board, the world leader in student assessment. The EE for SSE assesses your English reading and sentence-formation skills, your ability to express your thoughts in writing, and competence in College Level Mathematics. It is mandatory for all applicants, except those who qualify for the test exemption based on their SAT I and SAT II Mathematics (II)scores or based on Grades. For the details of test exemption, please visit ‘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 EE for SSE

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.

Mathematics component of EE for SSE

There are two types of Mathematics test for SSE. Applicants are required to take one test depending upon their Mathematics background

  1. Mathematics Test for the Applicants Who HAVE STUDIED Mathematics at A level/HSSC/High School

College Level Mathematics is mandatory for all the applicants of the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) who have studied Mathematics at their High School i.e. during A level, HSSC, High School Diploma or any other equivalent qualification. Students qualifying for test exemption based on SAT II Math (II) Scores will be exempted from this 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 60 to 75 minutes to complete the assessment

Components of College Level Mathematics

There are 20 questions on this test, and competency in the following six areas is assessed.

Algebraic Operation

The Algebraic Operations content area includes simplification of rational algebraic expressions, factoring and expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.

  • Addition of algebraic fractions
  • Addition and subtraction of expressions involving absolute values
  • Operations with polynomials
  • Multiplication, division, and simplification of algebraic fractions
  • Operations with exponents
  • Powers, roots, radicals
  • Factoring quadratic expressions

Solutions of Equations and Inequalities

The Solutions of Equations and Inequalities content area includes the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, systems of equations, and other algebraic equations.

  • Linear equations, modulus of algebraic expressions, and inequalities
  • Quadratic equations
  • Systems of equations and inequalities
  • Exponential equations
  • Equations of degree greater than 2

Functions

The Functions content area includes questions involving polynomial, algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

  • Functions of degree greater than 2
  • Exponents and logarithms
  • Graphical properties, exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Domain and range
  • Composition of functions
  • Inverse functions
  • Computations with simple functions
  • Even and odd functions
  • Periodicity, amplitude, and other properties

Trigonometry

The Trigonometry area includes trigonometric functions and the fundamental definitions of trigonometric functions

  • Right triangle trigonometry and circular functions
  • Laws of sines and cosines
  • Graphs of trigonometric functions
  • Trigonometric equations and inequalities
  • Trigonometric identities
  • Trigonometric functions of two angles
  • Inverse trigonometric functions

Coordinate Geometry

The Coordinate Geometry area presents questions involving plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions.

  • The coordinate plane
  • Straight lines
  • Conics
  • Locus of points
  • Graphs of algebraic functions

Applications and other Algebra Topics

The Applications and other Algebra Topics area contains complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, factorials, and word problems

  • Translation
  • Complex numbers
  • Series and Sequences
  • Determinants
  • Permutations and combinations
  • Factorials
  • Binomial expansion
  • Polygons
  1. Mathematics Test for the Applicants of School of Science and Engineering who HAVE NOT STUDIED Mathematics at A level/HSSC/High School

Diagnostic Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra is mandatory for all those applicants of the School of Science and Engineering (SSE), who have not studied Mathematics at A level/HSSC/High School but want to pursue Computer Science degree. This category may include applicants from pre-medical background

They can be exempted from this test if they qualify to get an exemption based on SAT I

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 120 to 150 minutes to complete the assessment

Components of the Test

Diagnostic Arithmetic

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.

Elementary Algebra

The Elementary Algebra section is a multiple-choice assessment. There are approximately 40 questions in this portion of the exam. The section will assess your ability in the following areas:

  • Ability to order integers and rational numbers; add, subtract, multiply, and divide signed numbers; work with absolute values.
  • Ability to evaluate linear expressions; solve linear equations and inequalities.
  • Ability to square a binomial, factor the difference of squares, and solve quadratic equations by factoring.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide monomials and polynomials; simplify algebraic fractions; factor polynomials; work with expressions involving positive rational roots and exponents.

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