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.

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 countries/regions listed below the table.*

No, but graduate students with instructional duties may be required to take a Spoken English Test (SET).

No. If you are an undergraduate student, you should contact the General Studies Writing Program to take their placement test.

You submitted recent TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB scores.

Yes, unless you have a TOEFL iBT speaking score of 22** or an IELTS speaking score of 7.

OR a total score higher than 95 on the TOEFL iBT; 7 on the IELTS, or 83 on the MELAB.

Yes, unless you have a TOEFL iBT written score of 25 or an IELTS score of 7.0.

OR a total score higher than 95 on the TOEFL iBT; 7 on the IELTS, or 83 on the MELAB.

You graduated from a U.S. high school and have recent SAT/ACT scores.

Yes, unless you have a SAT ERW score of at least 500 or an ACT English score of at least 20.

Yes, unless you have a SAT ERW score of at least 500 or an ACT English score of at least 20.

You have an International Baccalaureate exam score of 4 or higher.

No.

No.

You graduated from a university/college in the U.S. or from one of the countries/regions listed below.* 

No, but graduate students with instructional duties must schedule a Spoken English Test (SET). 

No.

You are a citizen of country where English is mandated as the medium of instruction in schools (i.e. India).

No, but graduate students with instructional duties may need to schedule a Spoken English Test (SET).

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 completed ELS’s Intensive English for Academic Purposes Level 112.

Yes.

Yes.

 

*Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Guyana, Canada (Except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Eritria, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Fiji, Ghana , Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Singapore, St. Helena, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadine, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caico Isle, Uganda, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

 

** Graduate students with instructional duties need a TOEFL IBT speaking score of 24 or an IELTS speaking score of 7 to be exempt.