Students are placed in ESL courses on the basis of an initial placement test, the UW-ESL Assessment Test (ESLAT).
The ESLAT consists of these parts: a listening test assessing listening comprehension of informal speech and lectures; and a reading/writing test requiring you to read a passage, write a summary of it, and then write an essay commenting on the passage. The test takes approximately 90 minutes.
- Fall 2013 ESLAT
- Monday, August 26 at 9:00am - 105 Psychology Building
- Wednesday, August 28 at 9:00am - 105 Psychology Building
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. The English as a Second Language Assessment Test is required of many new graduate and undergraduate students.
The purpose of this test is to assess the English language skills required for academic work and to place the student in the appropriate ESL course. 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.
The test consists of two parts. The first part is a multiple-choice listening test. Students 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.
The second part of the test is a reading/writing test. Students read a passage of 600 to 800 words and are asked to summarize the passage and respond to it in a short essay. Fifty minutes are allowed for the reading/writing section of the test.
If you have further questions, please contact the ESL office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students with disabilities needing a reasonable accomodation should contact the McBurney Disability Rescoure Center.