About the ESL Test

Following a brief interview, students begin testing by completing a short writing sample on a specific topic.

  • There is no time limit.
  • Students may not use a dictionary. 

Students will then take the LOEP (Levels of English Proficiency test) or the CPT (College Placement Test) which helps place students into an appropriate level of Basic or Academic English as a Second Language or may place students into college-level coursework. The test is computerized and has two parts.

  • The Sentence Meaning test measures how well students understand word meanings.
  • The Reading Comprehension test measures how well students understand what they read.
  • There is no time limit.

Placement into an ESL level depends on the LOEP test scores, the writing sample and the short interview. Placement results are generally available immediately upon completion of the test.

ESL students can retest once per semester. Students currently enrolled in the ESL program may not retest while they are enrolled in ESL coursework but may retest between semesters. Scores are valid for placement and application purposes for two years.