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English Language Placement of International Students

Degree Seeking Students

Degree seeking students demonstrating English proficiency with a TOEFL score of 550pbt/213cbt/79ibt or higher may enroll directly in academic courses. If they choose, they may take an English Placement Exam and enroll in any ESL courses recommended to them.

Exchange Students

Exchange students are admitted according to the terms of specific inter-institutional agreements. Those who demonstrate a TOEFL of 550pbt/213cbt/79ibt or higher are not required to take the English placement exam, and may enroll in academic courses. Those with a lower TOEFL score must take the placement exam, and follow the recommendations of the ESL program director.

English as a Second Language Students  (ESL)

Students with a TOEFL score below 550pbt/213cbt/79ibt may be admitted to the ESL program. These students must take an English Placement Exam and follow the recommendations of the ESL program director.  Students may elect to take credit or non-credit courses in the ESL program.

COURSE PLACEMENT

The ESL Coordinator places students into ESL courses based on combination of factors, including the Compass ESL Placement Test, UWEC Composition Test, TOEFL scores, student status (e.g., degree seeking or exchange students), previous language work in other ESL programs, etc..

Placement recommendations and requirements for ESL coursework will be based on the following scoring policy effective Summer 2002.

Compass ESL Test Scores

Listening Test
Level Score Range
Placement
Pre-level 1
1-41 ESL Level 1
Level 1
42-66 ESL Level 1
Level 2
67-81 ESL Level 2
Level 3
82-91 ESL Level 3
Level 4
92-99 Mainstream Coursework







 

 

 

 



Reading Test
Level Score Range Placement
Pre-level 1
1-37 ESL Level 1
Level 1
38-64 ESL Level 1
Level 2
65-79 ESL Level 2
Level 3
80-91 ESL Level 3
Level 4
92-99 Mainstream Coursework


 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Grammar/Usage Test
Level Score Range
Placement
Pre-level 1
1-41 ESL Level 1
Level 1
42-62 ESL Level 1
Level 2
63-83 ESL Level 2
Level 3
84-93 ESL Level 3
Level 4
94-99 Mainstream Coursework


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UWEC Composition Test

1= ESL 101 and 115. Either 125, 150, 175 or 275 as necessary.
2= Either ESL 101 or 201. Other coursework as necessary (215, 260, 275)
3= ESL 201. Other coursework as necessary (275, 305, 360)
4= May take mainstream coursework, including English 110

Once placement has been assessed, and course change requests have been processed, it is the responsibility of the International Student Advisor to handle concerns about placement. 

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