New International Students: PALS

Date(s): 
Friday, January 11, 2019 - 1:00pm
Event Location: 
Tillett Hall
Room 107

Congratulations on your admission to the Rutgers, Master of Business and Science program for the Spring 2019 semester!  

As mentioned in your acceptance letter, all international students must take the MBS Language Assessment exam prior to starting the Spring 2019 semester to determine whether placement may be necessary into a Reading and Writing course at PALS.

What is PALS?

PALS (Program in American Language Studies) is designed for Master of Business and Science students to gain writing and reading skills necessary for graduate courses in their program. International students from the MBS program are offered reading and writing courses with the goal of developing their writing at the academic and research level. The MBS program seeks to develop each students ’academic writing ability so they can develop into competitive candidates for the job market.

FAQ questions about the PALS exam:

Q: What is the exam format?

A: The exam will be a written essay.  

Q: How long is the exam?

A: The exam is 2 hours long.

Q:  I have already submitted TOEFL scores.  Do I still need to take the exam?

A:  Yes. 

Q: If I am placed into a reading/writing course based on my PALS exam score, will I need to pay

     for the course?

A: No. If you register for 12 credits (not including the PALS course), you will not need to pay 

     additional tuition. 

Q: Will the PALS course count towards my degree credits?

A: No.  The course will be classified as E credits.  

Q: If I need to take the course, how do I register for it?

A: The PALS department will take care of this for you.

Registering for the exam:

The initial testing out exam will be offered on the following dates on Livingston Campus in Tillett Hall, room 107.  All exams will be starting promptly at 1pm.

  • January 11, 2019  
  • January 18, 2019

*Please email vpasigos@docs.rutgers.edu to register for the exam.  When you send the email, please include the following:

  1. Last Name, First Name
  2. RUID
  3. Date you will be taking the exam

We look forward to hearing from you!