Frequently Asked Questions

The placement results will be given to you at orientation.

No part of the ESOL Proficiency test can be retaken to get a better score. However, once you register for the required ESOL class, you will be reassessed (retested) during the first week of the semester. If the results of your reassessment show a placement score above the level of the class, you will be exempted from the class and either moved up to the next level or exempted from ESOL courses.

If you are a funded student, check with your graduate coordinator. Some departments/colleges will pay for ESOL classes.

The required ESOL courses will not count towards your degree, but they do count towards the number of credit hours you take in a given semester. However, if you place into any ESOL classes, they become graduation requirements from the university. In other words, you will not be allowed to graduate from BGSU without completing the ESOL classes you were placed into.

Yes! The goal of BGSU's ESOL program is to help you succeed in your academic and professional future by supporting your English growth and development and to maintain the academic excellence BGSU demands of its students. All students are welcome to take ESOL courses if they would like to continue developing their English proficiency, whether they are required to take those courses or not.

BGSU has partnered with ELS Language Centers to provide Intensive English classes on BGSU’s campus. For more information about ELS at BGSU, please refer to their website.