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What is OFA (Additional Learning Requirement) and how to fulfil it

OFA - What is it?

CLEF admission tests (SAT/TOLC) assess general knowledge, as well as that of some specific fields. At CLEF it is important to know some basic mathematics, therefore students who do not reach a minimum set threshold in the maths sections of the tests will be asked to do supplementary study, and will be assigned an OFA, an Italian acronym which stands for “Additional Learning Requirements”. This makes sure that university students do not have any pronounced deficits in subjects that must be thoroughly grasped, due to the very nature of the degree programme.

OFA thresholds:

  • SAT: <500/800
  • TOLC-E: <4,5/13
  • TOLC-I: <7/20

I was selected and assigned an OFA - can I enroll?

Yes, you can. Having been assigned OFA does not in itself prevent one from enrolling, attending lessons and sitting exams. If you are selected, you can still register to the programme and take exams, but must as soon as possible fulfill the OFA.

How do I fullfill my OFA?

Students who have been assigned with OFA are required to pass the exam “Calculus and Linear Algebra” within the exam dates available in their first year. Please note that as with any other module, “Calculus” has 3 full exam dates available in the academic year (typically 2 in the Summer period and the last in September).

NB. A specifically-appointed tutor is available to support those of you who got assigned with OFA. Please find his/her contact here.

What happens if I fail the "Calculus" exam in the first year?

Students who did not fulfill the OFA within the exam dates available in their 1st year (September), until 31st March* will be able to attend 2nd year classes, and fill in their online their study plan, but will not be allowed to sit any 2nd year exam. After 31st March*, they will be re-enrolled in the 1st year as repeating students and again will not be able to sit 2nd year exams. Your career will be unblocked when you pass Calculus exam. Exams already registered in Almaesami will remain valid. 

The rules and deadlines for satisfaction of the Additional Learning Requirements also apply to students who have chosen the flexible curriculum.

* 31st March two years after that of first enrolment (for example 31st March 2020 if you enrolled in 2018-19 academic year).