English-Placement Test

English Level Chart

Please refer to the English Proficiency Chart for recommended English proficiency levels corresponding to General English courses.

English Proficiency Level Requirements

If you are planning on taking the English-Language or Focus on Specific Language Skills (Focus on listening, reading, speaking, writing, and test-taking) courses, or if you'd like to check your English proficiency before applying for the other courses, we strongly recommend that you take the English-placement test first.

After testing each area, the results will give you a better idea of your ability in several areas, including listening, reading and grammar. This will help in selecting the courses that will benefit you most. However, assessment scores are not the only important factor in selecting the course that is right for you. We recommend taking the following into consideration when selecting your course:

  1. English Level Check score
    • If you are near the border between two levels, we recommend taking the higher level course. You may surprise yourself. If after the first week, you find the level too difficult you can easily switch to a lower level course.
  2. Strengths and weaknesses in reading, writing, speaking and listening
    • Focus on Specific Language Skills courses offer intermediate and above students specialized study in one of these skills.
  3. Current and prior experience with English
    • Are you working in a setting with many opportunities to use English? Did you live in an English speaking country in the past? Such experiences may accelerate your learning.
  4. Your goals
    • Your motivation for studying English may have a strong influence on the best course for you. It is important to pick a level and focus that will keep you challenged and interested.

After receiving your score, you will have the chance to meet with a course advisor who can provide additional guidance on which option is best for achieving your goals.

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