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English Placement Test Information

The English Placement Test determines your placement in an English Composition course. Students are tested on their ability to demonstrate their knowledge of English grammar, English usage, and English sentence structure, as well as the ability to compose an organized and purposeful essay. Students also will be tested on their ability to write a coherent and well-composed essay which addresses a writing prompt. There are three possible placements for the English Placement Test. For information about those placements, please click here.

Before you can access the English Placement Test, you will need to correctly complete the Browser Compatibility Test. The purpose of this test is to ensure that you are able to type a sentence into a text box in Blackboard. If you are having difficulties with the Browser Compatibility Test but you were able to type in the box, please take the test again and read the instructions carefully.

Once you have successfully completed the Browser Compatibility test, the first part of the English Placement Test will become available. You will have 20 minutes to complete a multiple choice section that tests English grammar and proper English usage. To better understand what this portion of the test will be like, please see this link for a practice exam. Please note that this sample test is not an exact replica of the English Placement Test but tests similar information.

After you complete the first portion of the English Placement Test, the second part of the test will become available. You will have 20 minutes to complete a multiple choice section that tests your knowledge of English sentence structure. To better understand what this portion of the test will be like, please see this link for a practice exam. Please note that this sample test is not an exact replica of the English Placement Test, but tests similar information.

After you have completed the second part of the English Placement Test, the final part of the English Placement Test will become available. You will have 30 minutes to compose an academic essay that addresses a prompt while also embodying the following elements of effective writing: unity, adequate thesis development, coherence, emphasis, content, and language clarity. You should divide your testing time into planning your writing, writing your essay, and reviewing what you have written.

Here is an example of an essay prompt:

When most students are asked why they have chosen to attend a university, they list finding a “good job” amongst their first reasons. In a thoughtful and well-developed essay, explain and discuss what a “good job” means to you. Then connect your definition and thoughts on a “good job” to the specific career you hope to achieve someday. Part of your discussion should differentiate between and evaluate the importance of a high salary versus job satisfaction and/or personal fulfillment.

Once you have completed all three parts of the English Placement Test, there is nothing further you need to do. English Placement Tests are graded at the end of each testing window. If you are a current student, you can check your Student Advising Profile or speak with an advisor to view your score and placement. New incoming students will receive their placements at Orientation.