English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

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English Proficiency Test

Next English Proficiency Test for
International Students

Aug. 15, 2017

  • Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. at Miller Center 122 Auditorium.
  • Test begins at 11 a.m.

Bring a picture ID and some pencils.

Please bring computer headphones if you have them.

U.S. residents and citizens contact Julie Condon for appointment.

English Placement Exam: International Students

Degree-seeking students (F-1 Status)    

English proficiency requirements for F-1 students are available through International Admissions.

As per university regulations, the English proficiency test is a condition of each international student's enrollment, unless one of the following nine exemption criteria are met (effective Spring Semester, 2001):

  1. You submitted an official TOEFL score for admission of at least 600 (paper and pencil) or 100 (internet Based Test – iBT) with subscores of no less than 25 in reading, writing, and listening.
  2. An official IELTS score for admission of at least 7.5;
  3. An official Michigan score of 96 (undergraduates only).
  4. Graduation from the Intensive English Center at SCSU; (Level 4 for undergraduates, Level 5 for graduate students)
  5. Successful completion of English 191 (Introduction to Rhetorical and Analytical Writing) or an equivalent course with a grade of C or better;
  6. Documented transfer of ENGL 100 with a grade of C or better.
  7. Graduation from an Associate Arts degree program at an accredited US college or university (undergraduates only);
  8. Graduation from a Bachelor's degree program at an accredited US college or university;
  9. Graduation from a Master's degree program at an accredited US university; or

If your answer was "Yes" to any of the above nine statements, then you are not required to take the English proficiency test (and you are not required to take any of the EAP courses associated with the exam either). If your answer was "No" to all of the above nine statements, then you are required to take the English proficiency test prior to your first semester at SCSU (during the week before classes begin).

Short-term exchange students (no longer than two semesters: J-1 status)

English proficiency requirements for J-1 students are available through International Admissions.

To be exempt from the English proficiency test, you will need

  • A TOEFL score of 550 or higher (paper-based) or 80 (iBT), with subscores not below 17 for reading, writing, and listening.
  • An IELTS score of 6.5

English Proficiency Test: United States Residents and Citizens

If you are a US Resident or Citizen who is required to take the Accuplacer Exam, you will first be given the Accuplacer Reading test for native speakers of English. If you score 54 or below on the Accuplacer Reading test, and if demographic questions indicate that English is a second or non-native language for you, you will be required to take the Accuplacer ESL Reading test, Accuplacer ESL Listening Test, and EAP Essay Test. Based on those test scores, you may be required to enroll in and complete EAP courses.

The Exam

The exam consists of three parts: writing, reading and listening. The writing exam is a fifty minute essay on a general topic that is graded for content, organization, grammar, vocabulary and mechanics. One way to review for the writing exam is  using the Internet. http://leo.stcloudstate.edu  is a good site. Also Google “College Writing” or “Academic Writing” to see other school’s writing sites. Review the terms used in the grading criteria above and what they mean for college composition.

The Accuplacer ESL Reading and Listening tests are both multiple choice, computer-adaptive tests of 20 questions each, which the student is able to complete at his/her own pace (there is no specific time limit for the reading and listening tests; most students complete both of the tests within 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours).

Here is a description of the Listening test from the company’s website. Implied Meaning may be the most difficult aspect.

The ESL Listening test consists of 20 questions and measures the ability of nonnative speakers of English to listen to and understand one or more people speaking in English. There are two content areas assessed:

  • Literal Comprehension
    • Identify the main idea or main subject of a passage
    • Identify factual details and information
    • Understand instructions
  • Implied Meaning
    • Understand the relationship between ideas
      (e.g., sequence of events, cause and effect, comparison and contrast, problem and solution)
    • Make inferences
    • Make predictions
    • Identify the speaker’s purpose, tone or point of view

Please use the online test preparation site provided by the test company to prepare for the computerized tests:

http://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/prepare-for-accuplacer Click on "Get the free ACCUPLACER practice app." Once you have easily created an account and gained access to the site, use the menu box in the upper left corner to change the test version to ""ESL Practice Tests." Select "Learn as you go." If you are a US resident or citizen who will take Accuplacer Reading Comprehension, you will find it under "Classic Practice Tests." Math practice is also there as Elementary Algebra and College Level Math.

On the day of the exam, please bring your computer headphones or earbuds if you have them. A photo identification card (student campus card, passport, driver's license) is required to gain access to the test site.