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Testing and Placement

Evaluation Methodology & Placement Testing

During International Student Orientation, students will take the UW-Eau Claire English as a Second Language Placement Exam.

Course Placement

After taking the exam, each student will be placed into the appropriate ESL courses according to his/her proficiency level.  Students placing into levels 1 and 2 will be placed full time into the Intensive English Program (IEP).  Students placing into level 3 may be full time in the IEP, or may take a combination of for-credit ESL classes and mainstream courses for his/herfield of study, interests, and abilities. 

Continual Assessment and Feedback

Throughout the semester, the instructor of each class will design and administer regular content examinations for that class. These will include both oral and written tests and performance assessments. At the conclusion of the semester, each instructor will submit a final percentage grade for each participant.  The ESL coordinator will make the final placement decisions for the next semester.

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