Entrance Exams – B.A. and Extension Programme

Entrance exam requirements

The entrance exam for the Department of English Language and Literature is in a written form and takes 60 minutes. All questions are multiple-choice and there is only one correct answer for each question. No points are subtracted for the wrong answer.

It is assumed that a candidate’s knowledge of English will be at an upper-intermediate level (B2). The candidates are expected to prove a very good grasp of English grammar, a wide range of vocabulary, and the ability to orient themselves in an original English-language text.

The exam consists of four parts: a test on grammar, a test on vocabulary, a reading comprehension test, and a linguistic test. A candidate has to display a mastery of grammatical rules and their usage, range and accuracy when using vocabulary and understanding of an authentic English text. In the linguistic test the knowledge of the English grammar, lexis and pronunciation is examined in various tasks, for example, fill-ins, transformation of sentences, choice of the appropriate idioms or phrasal verbs; identification of a mistake, recognition of the right pronunciation of single words.

The Department of English Language and Literature organizes a preparatory course for those interested in studying here. Further information about the course can be received from the department’s secretary.

Recommended texts:

MURPHY, R., English Grammar in Use, Cambridge University Press, 1998
(and other editions)

McCARTHY, M., O’DELL, F., English Vocabulary in Use, Cambridge University Press, 1994 (and other editions)

THOMPSON, A. J., MARTINET, A. V., A Practical English Grammar, OUP, 1987
(and other editions)

SWAN, M., WALTER, C., How English Works, OUP, 1997

CROWTHER, J. (ed.), Oxford Guide to British and American Culture, OUP

English textbooks for the upper-intermediate level, for instance: New English File, Objective First, New Headway English, New Cutting EdgeNew Inside Out, New Opportunities,Matrix,  Cambridge English for Schools, New Hotline, English in Mind, True to Life,Natural English, Landmark, Avenues, New Cambridge English Course.

Important note:
Please note that English is not studied as a single-degree programme but as a joint-degree programme, i.e. in combination with these subjects:

  • Czech Language
  • Music
  • French
  • ICT
  • Mathematics
  • German
  • Pedagogy
  • Russian
  • Social Science