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Exam Information

Below is basic information on all of the assessment exams we administer.

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Who takes assessments?

Requirements are different for each student; therefore, all students do not take all tests listed below.

  • Undergraduates take the Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking exams.
  • Graduates are only assessed in the area or areas that you are considered lacking proficiency based on your TOEFL/IELTS/PTE score. You will not assess in all four areas unless your TOEFL/IELTS/PTE score indicates you are lacking proficiency in all areas.
  • Stuart School of Business Graduates assess in Listening, Writing, Speaking, and Business Writing.
  • Intensive English and Pathway Program students take an integrated skills exam.  The integrated skills exam includes Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

About the Exams

Listening Exam - Undergraduates, Graduates, and Business Graduates

  • The listening assessment has 22 multiple choice questions. The exam is not timed. You will listen once, and you may repeat 2 additional times. You may NOT take notes.
  • You will use a headset to listen, and there is time to adjust the volume. We recommend that you move your mouse so that computer doesn’t sleep.

Reading Exam - Undergraduates and Graduates

  • The reading assessment has a total of 20 multiple choice questions. You will read several passages and answer questions after each passage. The exam is not timed. You may NOT take notes.
  • We advise that you wear the headset to cancel noise. We recommend that you move your mouse so that computer doesn’t sleep.

Writing exam - Undergraduates, Graduates, and Business Graduates

  • The writing assessment consists of reading some information and writing an essay. The writing exam is 70 minutes total. If you would like paper and pen to plan your essay, you can raise your hand during the test. Monitor your time as we recommend only spending 10 minutes or less planning.
  • You must type your essay on the computer. The paper is only for notes; you must NOT write your essay on the paper. The paper and pen are collected at the end. We advise that you wear the headset to cancel noise.

Speaking Exam - Undergraduates, Graduates, and Business Graduates

  • The speaking assessment consists of listening to directions and verbally completing speaking tasks. The test is approximately 20 minutes, and it moves quickly. You may NOT take notes.
  • You will use a headset with a microphone, and there is time to adjust the volume. We recommend that you move your mouse so that computer doesn’t sleep.
  • The speaking tests includes 6 parts. You will (1) read sentences aloud, (2) repeat sentences you hear, (3) answer simple questions, (4) arrange words into sentences, (5) listen to and retell stories, and (6) answer open-ended questions. View Speaking Test Instructions here.

Business Writing Exam - Business Graduates

  • The business writing assessment requires students to read a prompt and write. The test is 30 minutes; You must monitor your time because the test will automatically submit your assignment after 30 minutes. You may NOT take notes.
  • We advise that you wear the headset to cancel noise.

Integrated Skills Exam (Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing) - Intensive English and Pathway Program Students

  • The Integrated Skills assessment includes speaking, listening, writing, and reading sections. The exam is used to place Intensive English and Pathway program students. The test is approximately 60 minutes. You may NOT take notes.
  • You will use a headset with a microphone, and there is time to adjust the volume. We recommend that you move your mouse so that computer doesn’t sleep.