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English Language Assessments

For Stuart School of Business students, please visit  The information on this page DOES NOT apply to you.

For all other majors, registration for English Language Assessments is now by appointment only.  Please contact us after you have arrived in order to make an appointment.

Assessments are scheduled the week before courses begin. New students, you must arrive early to attend orientation week and take assessments then. See below for dates.

Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2018
Reservation System Available August 2 January 2 By Appointment
1Assessments - Initial Testing August 10 - August 18 January 3 - January 9 By Appointment
2Assessments - Retesting (Continuing Students) August 10 - August 18 January 3 - January 9 By Appointment
3PESL Assessment Scores Sent Daily Daily Daily
PESL Course Registration Begins (Administrative) August 23 - August 25 January 10 NA - No PESL Courses Offered
PESL Course Begins August 28 January 15 NA - No PESL Courses Offered

1Assessments can be made by appointment for certain cases. Please contact us to see if you qualify for an individual assessment session. We can only assess admitted Illinois Tech international students who are presently in Chicago.

2Continuing students may email to request to retake assessments in a subsequent semester. Beginning Fall 2017, there is a $100 fee to reassess, and you must retest during the assessment period listed below.  Continuing students cannot retake assessments after course registration begins. Students may only retest once a semester.

3Score reports are sent 48 hours after all required tests have been taken.

What are the English Assessments?

The English Language Assessment tests your natural language abilities in listening, speaking, reading, and writing (writing for graduate students only). Assessments are computer-based tests that could take anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 hours to complete depending on the individual student. The assessment determines your placement into the English Language Program courses (PESL).

Are the assessments required?

Please view the following pages for more information on requirements:

If you have an ESL Assessment hold, it is very important for you to arrive early and take the English Language Assessments as early as possible. English Language Assessments are administered the week before courses start. The ESL Assessment hold prevents you from registering for any academic courses.

For more information on assessments and courses, please view the following FAQ pages: