PK5 Exam Requirements and Procedure
There are ten steps toward completing the PK5 exam (see the Exam Outline and Basic
Competency Objectives for detail on what one is expected to know).
The starting point for the exam requirements is to have one or more
'papers' you have written in English [for example for one of your
courses see below] which can be presented in the different digital
formats. In most cases, papers will have been written using Microsoft Word
or a similar word processor.
The same or a different 'paper' may be used for steps 2 and 3 below.
However, since images cannot be put in plain text files, for example, and
it is impractical to use them in RTF files, if your HTML 'paper' includes
images, your PDF 'paper' could be the same as the HTML, but your
plain-text and RTF papers would need to be different in order to be
practical for those formats. If your 'paper' only consists of regular
text, the same document could be used for all four formats. This point is
also described under #3 below.
Definition of a 'Paper' for PK5
The expectation of PK5 is that students will have an 'academic paper'
written for another class which they can use for the different PK5
formats. However, in cases where students do not have such a paper
available, the minimum requirement for a PK5 'paper' is that it be
(a) at least two full screens of "regular text" (no outlines, poetry,
etc.), (b) with a title and author credit, and including (c) six paragraph
divisions with (d) at least two section headers. Students must have
created the text themselves.
The 'paper' should consist of ordinary text paragraphs. Do
NOT use stories or other narratives with reported speech, as the
punctuation and layout for these differs between Finnish and English.
If papers include citations, these will also be checked for conformance
with MLA Style as used in the English Section (see the PK6 Academic Citation and Documentation course
references) even if the paper was originally written for another
department or institution. Please see John if you have any questions.
Preparation for the Exam: The Four Papers, Image(s), Audio file(s) and
- Create a personal web page (or pages) containing the required number
and type of elements in your Kielo public_html directory (or
- In one of these pages, link copies of your paper in (a) RTF, (b) PDF, and (c)
plain-text [ASCII] formats. (If you have any
doubt about whether your paper 'qualifies' as a PK5 exam paper, put the
RTF version online first and ask John to check this before
converting to plain-text and PDF formats [the assumption being that the
RTF file will require the least work to get online]. This may save
considerable duplication of work.)
- Then, create an HTML version of the paper. This HTML version
must be done via manual coding, following the guidelines presented in
Basic Principles of Web Page Design (which have
been incorporated into the Template for Student
Papers) and the plain-text file guidelines
(e.g. the underlying text for your HTML paper should look exactly like
your separate plain-text file with respect to line length and paragraph
spacing; the only difference is that HTML tags will also be included).
Read these two files carefully before creating the HTML version of your
The HTML paper will not be accepted if it has been produced via
an HTML 'conversion' utility or software such as Frontpage,
or if it is in CSS format. (The coding for your other HTML pages
may be created any way you wish.)
- NB! If your paper includes graphics (drawings, maps, photos,
etc., in GIF or JPG or other image format), then this paper can be used
ONLY for the HTML and PDF formats, as images cannot be included in
plain-text files and it would be counterproductive to do so with RTF
files. In such a case, use a different, text-only 'paper' for the RTF and
- After you have placed your different paper versions online,
check them carefully before contacting John about an exam
time. Use your browser's print-preview command with the web and text
files as a check on how your formatting will show up in print versions, or
when viewed in an 800x600 resolution. Double-check the line length and
paragraphing of the plain text file!
- In one of your web pages, demonstrate that you know how to crop or
otherwise edit (sharpen, adjust the colors, etc.) a JPG image by placing
next to each other (A) an unedited original image, and (B) your edited
version. (If your HTML paper included an edited image, this separate
requirement may be omitted.) See the Using
Images file for more on the exam requirement for images. These images
must have captions which give the image 'credits' and explain what the
viewer is seeing in the image. It must also be mentioned what software
you used to eidt the image(s), and what function of that software was
- In one of your web pages, demonstrate that you know how to either
(1) create and "embed" or link a simple speech file you have
created; or (2) how to edit (create an excerpt from, adjust the sound
quality, etc.) an audio file in WAV or MP3 format by linking next to each
other (A) an unedited original audio file, and (B) your edited version.
(If your HTML paper included an audio file, this separate requirement may
be omitted.) See Creating and Editing Audio Files for
more on the exam requirement for audio files. It must also be mentioned
what audio software was used, and what function(s) of that software.
- In a separate web page, using Mailaa, create a web
feedback form which will send responses to your e-mail address (see PK5 Webform Exam Requirement). John will
complete and submit the form to you and check that both the form and the
output are appropriate.
Web Browser(s) Used When Checking Your Files!
Note that your web files will be checked with the current versions of
Microsoft Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, representing the two
most-used [current] browsers. While most web browsers display most web
page data similarly, differences do exist among the various browsers.
If you use Firefox, Safari, or other browsers, please also check
your files using Internet Explorer to make sure all will display as you
had planned it to.
The Next Three Steps: After All Your Online Materials Are Ready
- Arrange a time with John for the practical exam, either by e-mail
or in person. At the same time you will also notify John that your online
materials are all ready to check;
- John will check your online materials and then confirm your exam
time; after this all you will need to do is to
- Complete the PK5 Internet Usage Survey
Form and bring it with you to the practical exam. Also, make sure you
have tried all the required Search Operators
and required Listserv commands and other
material as specified on the PK5 exam sheet and covered in class (see below) before coming for the exam.
Arranging the Exam Time, and Exam Procedure
Following is the normal procedure for completing these requirements (after
your web files are ready):
- Arrange a time for your exam. In principle this can be any time that
both of us are free. Arrangements can be made in person (easier) or via
e-mail. If using e-mail, suggest several possible times you might be able
to come and you will receive confirmation of one of these. A link to your
home page will then be added to the list of web
pages of students who have completed PK5.
- After the time has been arranged, at least three days
before the exam, e-mail to <john.d.hopkins [at] uta.fi> a note
that your online materials are ready to be checked. If any of your
materials do not have visible links from your home page, include their
URL(s) in your note.
- When your note is received I will then examine your web pages for all
the required materials. These include (a) your personal home page(s), the
(b) on-line versions of your paper in RTF, PDF and plain
text formats, (c) the HTML version of your paper, and (d) your web
feedback form. If evidence of your ability to edit images and audio files
is not included in the HTML paper, then this material should appear
separately. I will then respond to say if your online materials are okay,
or whether modifications should be made.
- Bring with you the completed Internet Usage Survey Form,
which will be reviewed during the exam.
Links to the Online Versions of Your Paper(s)
The on-line versions of your paper do not have to be 'visibly linked'
(though they normally are). If you have linked them into your top-level
page(s), I will click the links to access the papers. If you do not
wish others to see your paper(s), put them in your public_html
directory(s) as unlinked pages, and e-mail me the URLs so I
can find them. I will check the coding, layout, citations, etc., and
confirm whether all is okay or modifications should be made. After you
have completed your PK5 exam the links to your paper(s) may then be
deleted if you wish.
What Will Happen During the Exam Itself?
When you arrive for the exam, most of the practical points required by PK5
will already have been demonstrated. The exam will consist of logging
into your UTA e-mail software, demonstrating some e-mail and web
procedures, and answering questions about items on the exam page and the Usage
Survey. You may also ask questions on any points which might remain
NB: Try the Listserv Commands and Search Operators Before
Coming In for the Exam!
One of the 'e-mail procedures' that will be checked is a knowledge of
basic Listserv commands (described in III-D of the exam outline). It is strongly recommended
that students experiment with these commands a day or two before coming in
for the exam, leaving the successful results of your 'experimentation' in
your e-mail inbox. It will thus be obvious when beginning the exam that
you know how to use the commands; otherwise you will be asked to
demonstrate how to use them during the exam.
Students should also have experimented with the required Search Operators, and be ready to discuss your
experience with them if asked during the exam.
Registration of PK5 Grades; the Option for Additional Project
The grading for PK5 is 'Pass-Fail'; grades are normally registered at the
end of each term, though if necessary they may be submitted earlier. Note
that class attendance is not a requirement in order to take the exam;
students who are already competent with the course requirements may
proceed with the exam without attending the classes.
For students with advanced experience in information technologies,
additional PK5 (or Independent Study) credits (usually 2-4 extra credits)
are available for projects on the use of information technologies or
procedures for academic and professional purposes, especially those which
would be relevant to translation, interpreting or area studies. Please see
John for further information if you are interested. Such extra credit
could be used beyond the basic PK5 requirement for English Translation
students who are taking the FAST minor, for example.
PK5 Reference Index
Last Updated 04 September 2011