Students are initially placed in ESL courses on the basis of the university's placement test called ESLAT (English as a Second Language Assessment Test).
ESLAT Test Dates
The ESLAT is typically offered in the week before the beginning of the spring, summer, or fall semesters. Next test dates are January 13 and 15, 2014 in 1111 Humanities Building at 9:00 am. Plan to arrive 10 minutes early and bring a photo ID.
About the ESLAT
The ESLAT is used to assess the 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. Go to the test room at the time indicated. However, students MUST bring their student identification number and a form of photo ID (passport, UW student ID card, etc.) to the exam.