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Placement Guide

All students who have submitted iBT TOEFL and IELTS scores (no more than two years old) for admission to BGSU will be placed into ESOL classes according to their test scores unless students opt to take the Versant English Placement Test (VEPT Placement) instead. Please refer to the chart below for placement information. Students without TOEFL/IELTS scores should consult our Testing Information page to determine whether ESOL testing will be required. In addition, International Teaching Assistants and Associates (ITAs) should consult International Teaching Assistant/Associate Information.

Undergrad Writing:

TOEFL                             IELTS                                   VEPT Placement                    Course

19 and below                  6.0 and below                    55and-below                          ESOL 1000

20-24                              6.5                                      56-60                                      ESOL1010

25 and up                       7.0 and up                          61 and up                                GSW Written Placement

Undergrad Speaking and Listening:

TOEFL                             IELTS                                  VEPT Placement                  Course

17 and below                  6.0 and below                   55 and below                        ESOL 1030

18-21                               6.5-7.0                                56-65                                    ESOL 1040

22 and up                       7.5 and up                          66 and up                             Exempt

Graduate Writing Classes:

TOEFL                             IELTS                                  VEPT Placement                  Course

18 and below                  6.0 and below                   55 below                               ESOL 5000

19-24                               6.5                                     56-60                                    ESOL 5010

25 and up                        7.0 and up                        61 and up                              Exempt

Graduate Speaking and Listening (not ITAs):

TOEFL                              IELTS                                VEPT Placement                   Course

17 and below                   6.0 and below                 55 and below                         ESOL5030 Recommended

21 and below                   7.0                                    56-65                                     ESOL 5080 Required

22 and up                        7.5 and up                        66 and up                              Exempt

Graduate Speaking and Listening (for ITAs):

TOEFL                              SET                                   Activity

24 and up                        25 and up                        Cleared to teach

21-23                                18-24                               Can teach on a probationary basis if enrolled in ESOL 5050/5040

20 and below                  18 and below                   Not cleared to teach

*****TOEFL 22 or above or 23-30 on SET: students are cleared to teach in their native language