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English Language Assessments

Registration for English Language Assessments is now open.  Please visit our assessment reservation site to reserve your assessment slot. You will need your student ID number and your Hawk email.

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 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019
Recommended Arrival Date for All International Students By May 20 By August 12 By January 6 By May 19
Reservation System Available By Appointment August 1 January 3 By Appointment
1Assessments - Initial Testing By Appointment August 10 - August 17 January 7 - January 11 By Appointment

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 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019
2Assessments - Retesting (Continuing PESL Students) By Appointment August 10 - August 17 January 7 - January 11 By Appointment
3PESL Placement Results Sent NA Daily Daily NA
PESL Course Registration for New Students Begins (Administrative) NA - No PESL Courses Offered August 22 January 16 NA - No PESL Courses Offered
PESL Courses Begin NA - No PESL Courses Offered August 27 January 21 NA - No PESL Courses Offered

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 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019
PCA Course Registration for New Students Begins (Administrative) NA - No PCA Courses Offered August 10 January 7 NA - No PCA Courses Offered
PCA Courses Begin NA - No PCA Courses Offered August 20 January 14 NA - No PCA Courses Offered
PCA Results Letters Sent NA - No PCA Courses Offered By September 14 By February 8 NA - No PCA Courses Offered

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: