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Assessment Test Information

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

Click here if you would like to download all test instructions and information.

Who takes assessments?

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

  • Undergraduates assess in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
  • 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, International Certificate, and Pathway Program students take an integrated skills test. The integrated skills test includes Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

About the Tests

Listening - Undergraduates, Graduates, and Business Graduates

  • The listening assessment has 22 multiple choice questions. The test 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 the computer doesn’t go to sleep.

Reading - 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 test 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 the computer doesn’t go to sleep.

Writing - Undergraduates, Graduates, and Business Graduates

  • The writing assessment consists of reading some information and writing an essay. The test is timed; you will have 70 minutes to write your essay. 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 before starting to write.
  • 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 - 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 before starting the test. We recommend that you move your mouse so the computer doesn’t go to sleep.
  • The speaking test has 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.
  • We advise that you wear the headset to cancel noise.

Business Writing - Business Graduates

  • The business writing assessment requires students to read a prompt and write. The test is timed; you will have 30 minutes to write your response. You may NOT take notes.
  • We advise that you wear the headset to cancel noise.

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

  • The Integrated Skills assessment includes speaking, listening, writing, and reading sections. The test is used to place Intensive English, International Certificate, 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 before starting the test. We recommend that you move your mouse so the computer doesn’t go to sleep.