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English Language Assessments (PESL)

Registration for English Language Assessments for Fall 2015 will open shortly; please be patient.

Assessments are scheduled the week before courses begin. New students, please plan to arrive early to take assessments then.  See below for dates:

  Fall 2015 Spring 2016
Reservation System Available August 3 January 4
PESL Assessments August 17 to August 21 January 6 to January 8
PESL Course Registration Begins (Administrative) August 26 to August 27 January 13 to January 14
PESL Courses Begin August 31 January 19

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

What are the English Assessments?

The English Language Assessment tests your natural language abilities in listening, speaking, reading, and writing (graduate-level students only). Assessments are computer-based tests that could take anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours to complete depending on the individual student. The assessment determines your placement into English Language Courses.

Are the assessments required?

Please view the following pages to see if you are required to take the English Language Assessments:

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: