The English Language Program administers two kinds of English language placement tests: the English Placement Test (EPT) and the International TA Placement Test (IPT).
The English Placement Test is administered to all students interested in enrolling in ESLP courses except ESLP 6021. All undergraduate international students are required to take the test. Additionally, any undergraduate or graduate student whose native language is not English and who is interested in enrolling in an ESLP course is welcome to take the test.
The test is a three-hour exam that consists of three sections: writing, listening, and reading. The writing section requires students to read a short passage and to respond by writing a short essay, using information from the text along with their own thinking and reasoning. The listening section asks students to choose appropriate responses to short phrases, a short lecture, and a conversation heard on a tape. The reading section involves reading short texts and answering questions about them. This section also includes grammar and vocabulary items.
The English Placement Test is administered during International Student Orientation held the week before classes begin each semester, during the first week of the fall and spring semesters, and as needed at other times throughout the year.
To find out the dates and times of the next available exam and/or to register to take the exam, contact the English as a Second Language Program staff.
The ITA Placement Test is required for all new incoming international TAs who are non-U.S. citizens and whose native language is not English. The IPT may place students into ESLP 6021 (American Language and Communication Skills for Teaching Assistants) and the other ESLP courses.
The ITA Placement Test consists of the English Placement Test plus a micro-teaching assignment, which assesses the ITA's speaking and presentation skills. The micro-teaching assignment asks the TAs to give a 6-8 minute presentation on a basic concept in their field to an introductory undergraduate audience with little to no background in their field. After the presentation, the TAs are asked to field questions related to the presentation and/or their field.
The ITA Placement Test is administered during the International Teaching Assistant Program held two weeks before the start of the fall semester. It is also offered during the new International Student Orientation Program, which takes place the week before each semester starts. The test should be taken before international TAs begin their employment.
If you are a new international TA and have not received information about the International Teaching Assistant Program and/or the IPT, please contact the English as a Second Language Program staff.