English Proficiency Test Information
After being admitted to BGSU and upon reporting to the University, all students whose native language is not English are required to take an English Proficiency Test before registering for classes. This includes international students, permanent residents, students from Puerto Rico, and international students transferring from other colleges or universities in the United States.
English Proficiency Testing takes place before the beginning of the fall and spring semesters during ISS Orientation. Below are the testing dates and locations for Fall 2013:
|Graduate Placement Testing|
|Undergraduate Placement Testing/Graduate Makeup Testing|
|Makeup Placement Testing|
Depending on a student’s placement score, some students may be required to enroll in ESOL courses to develop their writing and/or speaking and listening skills. Other students will not be required to take ESOL courses. Undergraduate students must either be exempt from ESOL writing courses or complete their required courses before they can enroll in General Studies Writing (GSW) courses.
All required ESOL courses will be added to students’ list of graduation requirements, and the university expects all students to enroll in their required ESOL courses during the recommended semesters.
International students who are native speakers of English from the following countries or regions are exempt from the English Proficiency Test: Australia, Canada (except Quebec), the Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua, Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Saint Vincent, the Grenadines, Trinidad, and Tobago), Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
If you are an undergraduate native English-speaking student from one of these countries, you will take the General Studies Writing placement exam instead.
English Proficiency Test
The English Proficiency Test is an in-house exam developed by the ESOL program at BGSU to assess students’ writing, speaking, and listening skills. The test takes approximately two hours and consists of two parts: an essay exam and oral proficiency assessment. For the essay exam, 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 using Microsoft Word. For the oral proficiency assessment, undergraduates and graduate students without assistantships requiring instructional duties will complete an Oral Proficiency Assessment. The oral proficiency assessment will be conducted by two trained ESOL staff members, and it will include a short oral interview and a section where students are asked to describe a picture or drawing. It will be recorded in case future re-evaluation is needed.
Graduate students who will hold or be considered for assistantships with instructional duties will take the Spoken English Test for Graduate Assistants with Instructional Duties.
Graduate Assistants with Instructional Duties
According to BGSU policy and Ohio Revised Code Section 3345.281, all graduate teaching assistants for whom English is not a first language must demonstrate that they are orally proficient in the English language prior to working with undergraduate students.
If you are a graduate assistant who will have face-to-face contact with undergraduate students, instead of taking the regular oral proficiency test, you will complete the Spoken English Test (SET) for graduate assistants with instructional duties. The SET consists of two parts and will last approximately twenty minutes. The first part will be a brief oral interview. Following that, you will conduct a 7-10 minute interactive teaching demonstration in your field of study. After the teaching demonstration, there will be five minutes allotted for follow-up questions
The SET will be conducted by two trained ESOL staff members. A representative from your department is also invited to attend, and there may be real undergraduate students asking you questions about your lesson. The lesson will be videotaped in case future re-evaluation is needed or in case your academic department requests a copy of your lesson.
For additional details about the SET and the policies supporting the SET, please visit the Graduate Assistants with Instructional Duties page.