Evaluation Methodology & Placement TestingDuring International Student Orientation, a placement test will be conducted through the ACT COMPASS ESL Computerized Placement test and the UW-Eau Claire ESL Speaking and Writing Tests. Students will take the following tests:
- ACT COMPASS ESL (Listening, Reading, and Grammar/Usage)
- UW-Eau Claire ESL Speaking and Writing Tests
After taking the pre-tests, each learner will be placed into the appropriate English as a Second Language 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 (Bridge Program).
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.