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ESOL Placement Assessment Information

English Placement Assessment  

The English Placement Assessment is an in-house exam developed by the ESOL Program at BGSU to assess students’ writing, speaking, and listening skills. The assessment takes approximately 90 minutes and consists of two parts: an essay portion and oral assessment. For the essay portion, all students will be asked to write a persuasive/argumentative essay. Students will be given the choice of two prompts and have one hour to complete the essay. For the oral assessment, undergraduates and graduate students will listen to a short audio-clip and then record themselves answering various questions. To schedule a time to take the English Placement Assessment online, please fill out the Required Registration Form.

Graduate students who will have instructional duties may be required to take the Spoken English Test (SET) exam. For more information, please consult the International Teaching Assistants/Associates Information webpage.  

  Are you required to take  the ESOL Program’s  Speaking/Listening Test? Are you required to take the ESOL Program’s Written Proficiency Test?
You are a citizen of one of the following countries/regions: Australia, Canada (except Quebec), the Commonwealth Caribbean, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. No. No. If you are an undergraduate student, you should contact the General Studies Writing Program to take their placement test.
You completed ELS's Intensive English for Academic Purposes Level 112.   Yes. Yes.  
You are an undergraduate transfer student with GSW 1110/ 1120 transfer credit. No. No.
You are an undergraduate transfer student without GSW transfer credit. Yes. Yes.
You graduated from a U.S. high school and took the ACT/SAT. Yes. Yes.
You graduated with a previous degree from BGSU. No, but graduate students with instructional duties must schedule a Spoken English Test (SET). Contact esolprog@bgsu.edu to set up a time. No.
You graduated from a university/college in the U.S. or from one of the countries/regions listed above. No, but graduate students with instructional duties must schedule a Spoken English Test (SET). Contact esolprog@bgsu.edu to set up a time. Yes.
You are a citizen of country where English is mandated as the medium of instruction in schools (i.e. Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe). No, but graduate students with instructional duties must schedule a Spoken English Test (SET). Contact esolprog@bgsu.edu to set up a time. Yes.