When students arrive, they are tested and placed into classes which most closely match their English proficiency. Students who have lower-level English skills should expect to spend at least one year and, in some cases, up to one and a half years in our program before entering a university. The placement test used by the Gulf Language School is the ACCUPLACER.
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The ACCUPLACER ESL Tests comprises two main sections:
- The ACCUPLACER ESL Language Placement Test (LPT), an objective, multiple-choice online examination that tests grammar, reading and listening comprehension, and sentence building.
- A writing sample based on an assigned topic.
The four ESL skill scores are converted to an overall average score on a 120 point scale and an essay score on a 6 point scale. Students who score between 0-20 on ESL skills and less than 1 on the essay are not eligible for admission at NAU. Students who score between 21-120 on ESL skills and greater than or equal to 1 are then placed into one of six levels corresponding to their scores:
Accuplacer ESL Language Placement test
|IENG 0001||21 ≤ 36||1||8 – week session|
|IENG 0002||37 ≤ 52||≥ 2||8 – week session|
|IENG 0003||53 ≤ 68||≥ 3||8 – week session|
|IENG 0004||69 ≤ 84||≥ 4||8 – week session|
|IENG 0005||85 ≤ 100||≥ 5||8 – week session|
|IENG 0006||101 ≤ 120||6||8 – week session|
Language Placement Testing Information
You need to complete the Language Placement Test if:
- You would like to enroll in an Intensive English Program ESL course for the first time OR
- You came from a country where English is not the native language.
Why do I need to complete the Language Placement Test?
- To assess your listening, grammar, reading, and writing skills.
- To find out if you are ready to do college-level work
- To determine whether you need to further develop your skills.
- To match your skills to an ESL class.
- To increase your possibility for success in college.
Success in Language Placement Test is determined by:
- Current listening, grammar, reading, and writing skill level.
- Learning strategies, Study skills and Time Management skills
- Previous grades in English and/or ESL
- Completion of course prerequisites
- Length of time since your last ESL class
- Length of time since your last ESL class in your country
What assessment test will I take?
- The name of the Language Placement test at Gulf Language School is ACCUPLACER
- All students will start with the Language Usage, proceed to Reading Comprehension Skills, then the ESL Writeplacer essay, next complete the Sentence Meaning test, and last, the Listening comprehension test.
Why is Accuplacer an “Adaptive” Test?
- You will start with an item of intermediate difficulty.
- Then, if you answer correctly, the next item will be more difficult and worth more points.
- If you answer incorrectly, the next item will be less difficult and worth fewer points.
- If you want to increase your chance of placing into a high-level, perform well in the first few questions.
What skills are assessed by the ACCUPLACER ESL tests?
The ACCUPLACER ESL assessment tests measure a variety of skills. These are:
ACCUPLACER ESL Language Use
The ESL Language Use test consists of 20 questions and measures students’ proficiency in using correct grammar in English sentences. There are five context areas that are assessed:
- Nouns, Pronouns and Pronoun Case Structure
- Sentence Structure
- Subject-Verb Agreement
- Adverbs, Adjectives and Verb
- Subordination and Coordination
ACCUPLACER ESL Reading Skills
The Reading Skills test consists of 20 questions and assesses students’ comprehension of short passages. The test contains brief passages of 50 words or less and moderate-length passages of 50 to 90 words. There are two content areas:
- Literal Comprehension
ACCUPLACER ESL Sentence Meaning
Sentence Meaning test consists of 20 questions and measures how well students understand the meaning of sentences in English. It assesses the understanding of word meanings in one or two sentence contexts. There are four content areas:
- Particles, Phrasal Verbs and Prepositions
- Adverbs, Adjectives and Connectives Sequence
- Basic Nouns and Verbs
- Basic and Important Idioms
ACCUPLACER ESL Listening Comprehension
Listening Comprehension test consists of 20 questions and measures how the ability the student has to listen to and understand one or more people speaking in English. It assesses the listening skills of non-native English speakers for:
- Literal Comprehension
- Implied Meaning
Prepare for Placement
What can I do to prepare for the Language Placement test?
Review the websites shown below. Read and practice before coming to take your placement test.
- These websites give you detailed descriptions of the test, review materials, sample questions and quizzes, strategies, and tips:
- ACCUPLACER Sample Questions for Students A sample questions guide from The College Board.
- Sample ACCUPLACER ESL Test Questions From Bunker Hill Community College
- Guide to Grammar and Writing Sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation
- Process of Elimination in Reading and Writing Multiple Choice Questions This site explains through examples how to use the POE (process of elimination) method in a reading and writing multiple choice tests to increase your chances at arriving at an educated guess. While the examples are not from the ACCUPLACER ESL assessment, the process is the same.
- Online ESL Resources
- Accuplacer Language Placement practices
You can access the FREE study app from a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
- To get the free Web-based app, visit accuplacer.collegeboard.org. Custom Web apps are available for North Carolina, Texas, and Indiana.