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English Language Assessments

Registration for English Language Assessments will open by August 1st.

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.

Summer 2019 Fall 2019
Recommended Arrival Date for All International Students By May 19 By August 11
Reservation System Available NA - No PESL Courses Offered August 1
1Assessments - Initial Testing NA - No PESL Courses Offered August 7 - August 16

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.

English Language Program (PESL) for Undergraduate and Graduate Students 

Summer 2019 Fall 2019
2Assessments - Retesting (Continuing PESL Students) NA - No PESL Courses Offered August 7 - August 16
3PESL Placement Results Sent NA - No PESL Courses Offered Daily
PESL Course Registration for New Students Begins (Administrative) NA - No PESL Courses Offered August 14
PESL Courses Begin NA - No PESL Courses Offered August 26

2Continuing PESL students may email els@iit.edu to request to retake assessments in a subsequent semester. There is a $100 fee to reassess, and you must retest during the assessment period listed.  PESL students may only retest once a semester. Continuing PESL students cannot retake assessments after Illinois Tech courses have begun. Continuing PESL students may not retest in a skill relative to a course they have failed.

3Course placement reports for PESL students are sent 48 hours after all required tests have been taken.

Professional Communication Advancement (PCA) for Stuart Business Graduate Students

Summer 2019 Fall 2019
PCA Course Registration for New Students Begins (Administrative) NA - No PCA Courses Offered August 14
PCA Courses Begin NA - No PCA Courses Offered August 20
PCA Results Letters Sent NA - No PCA Courses Offered By August 30

What are the English Assessments?

The English Language Assessment tests your natural language abilities in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 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 if you place into the English Language Program (PESL) or Professional Communication Advancement (PCA) courses.  If you place into courses, we will be able to identify which courses and/or levels of courses will most benefit you.

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 courses.

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