LSBR-Academic Skills Centre - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Diagnostic Writing Assessment for Thesis Students

Academic Writing Assessments offer master’s and PhD students whose first language is not English an opportunity to receive tailored writing advice early in the thesis writing process.

This writing assessment programme aims to identify each student’s specific writing needs and to provide next steps for individual and group support to address these needs. The programme enables supervisors to encourage students who may need additional academic writing support to make use of Academic Skills Centre services.

The assessment is designed to assess writing skills, including grammar, paraphrasing, and structure.

Once enrolled in the course:

  1. Students attend a 50 minute written assessment.

  2. Students and their supervisors receive feedback via email.

  3. Each student attends a 20 minute individual consultation* with an Academic Skills Centre advisor to discuss any questions about the feedback and to receive recommendations for independent learning and Academic Skills Centre workshops.

  4. Students make use of consultations and workshops that are relevant to them, and their supervisors are updated on their engagement at the end of each semester.

*The 20 minute consultation times will be booked in at the end of the written assessment.

If your supervisor has referred you to this programme, or you have discussed it with them, enrol below.

However, if you are in the final 2-3 months of your thesis, please contact us to book in an appointment to look at your thesis writing, rather than doing the assessment.

Assessment dates

Assessment DateFirst 2023 date yet to be decided - students will be able to take this online assessment at any time during this day.
Individual consultations: tba*

If you would like to find out more, email Dr Judith Coullie

Dates and times

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2022, from 9.00 am to 12.00 am: passed

The next set of dates for this learning event has not yet been scheduled.


  • Academic Skills Centre
    University of Canterbury,
    Private Bag 4800,
    Christchurch 8140
    +64 3 369 3900
    When contacting us, please use your
    University of Canterbury email address.
  • Our location
    Level 3,
    Central Library (Puaka-James Hight)