Placement Testing Information (ESOL)
4. What do I have to ‘do’ in this test?
Placement testing consists of two parts: a timed-writing and an oral evaluation.
The written portion, which is usually held in the morning, asks you to write a persuasive/argumentative, academic essay, using general writing conventions such as introduction, thesis statement, and supporting points with evidence or examples. You will have one hour to compose this essay on a choice of given prompts. You will not be permitted to use dictionaries, books, the Internet, or any other resource; however, you will have the option of writing your essay by hand or typing it on a computer.
The oral evaluation consists of a 10-15 minute interview with one or two ESOL trained staff members. You need to sign up for your lab location (for the written portion) and interview time at the Center for International Programs Orientation meeting. If you are unable to attend the orientation meeting, please contact the ESOL office to sign up for the appropriate testing times and locations.