The ESLAT (English as a Second Language Assessment Test) is used to assess students' English language skills required for academic work and to place students in appropriate ESL courses. The ESLAT is required of many new graduate and undergraduate students.
Information for Incoming Undergraduate Students
• Incoming undergraduate students are expected to take the Off Campus ESLAT at a site near their home prior to arriving in Madison. Registration for ESLAT is coordinated through the UW Center for Placement Testing
(https://testing.wisc.edu/madison%20placement%20testing%20information.html) and administered by the Castle Worldwide Testing Center. The Off Campus ESLAT is delivered on computer (follow the links for computer-based testing on the registration form) at a site selected by the student when registering. When scheduling Off Campus ESLAT, students should select a test date that is at least two weeks prior to their SOAR date.
• In some cases, students may receive special permission to take the ESLAT on campus in Madison during the week before the semester starts. If extenuating circumstances do not allow you to take the ESLAT before you arrive, go to https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6ofDwg1HDgeIucR to request special permission.
About the Off Campus ESLAT
• The off-campus ESLAT does not include a listening portion at this time. Students will be evaluated only on the reading/writing test.
• You will have 50 minutes for this test.
• There is no practice or sample test available. To prepare yourself, you can read widely, summarize what you read and write about it. Good writing develops through practice.
• Your results will be sent to UW-Madison and will be available at your SOAR session in August. Your academic advisor will help you interpret the results and arrange your schedule.
About the On Campus ESLAT
This test is for all students who have not taken the Off Campus test. No pre-registration is required.
For Fall 2015, you may take the test on either of the following dates:
Monday, August 24. 9:00 AM
Wednesday, August 26. 9:00 AM
The test will be held in Room 105 Brogden Psychology Building. Students MUST bring their student identification number and a form of photo ID (passport, UW student ID card, etc.) to the exam.
The On Campus test consists of two parts.
• 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.
There is no practice or sample test available. To prepare yourself, read widely, summarize what you read and write about it. Good writing develops through practice.
If you have questions, please contact the ESL office at email@example.com. Students with disabilities needing a reasonable accommodation should contact the McBurney Disability Resource Center.