ESLAT Test Dates - Fall 2015

Monday, August 24.  9:00 AM
Wednesday, August 26.  9:00 AM

The test will be held in Room 105 Brogden Psychology Building.


Students are initially placed in ESL courses on the basis of the university's English as a Second Language Assessment Test (ESLAT).

In spring and fall semesters, full-time ESL students take the ESLAT with other UW-Madison international students.  In the summer, ESL students take a placement test as part of their orientation.

About the ESLAT

The ESLAT is used to assess students' English language skills required for academic work and to place the student in the appropriate ESL course. The ESLAT is required of many new graduate and undergraduate students. It takes approximately 90 minutes and consists of the following:

  • Part 1: Listening. This portion of the test assesses your comprehension of informal speech and lectures. The first part is a multiple-choice listening test. You will listen to one-line statements and choose a response or a paraphrase. The test continues with short dialogues or lectures on either general or academic topics.
  • Part 2: Reading & Writing. The second portion of the test requires you to read a 600-800 word passage. You will then summarize the passage and respond to it in a short essay. You will have 50 minutes to complete this section.

Though it is difficult to prepare specifically for this test, you should do everything you can to increase your ability to understand spoken English, to read as much as possible, and to practice writing clearly and accurately.

How to Take the ESLAT

Students do not need to pre-register for the test.  However, students MUST bring their student identification number and a form of photo ID (passport, UW student ID card, etc.) to the exam.

If you have further questions, please contact the ESL office at Students with disabilities needing a reasonable accommodation should contact the McBurney Disability Resource Center.