Placement Test Details
Speaking Interview (5-10 minutes)
Verbal interview with a Niagara College EAP instructor
Interview questions range from general knowledge questions to academic topics
Scores for the speaking interview are based on a rubric created in accordance with the standards and outcomes of our EAP program
Writing Task (45 minutes)
Three-part writing assessment on a specific topic
Assesses vocabulary and grammar points as well as sentence, paragraph and essay structure
Scores for the writing task are based on a writing rubric created in accordance with the standards and outcomes of our EAP program
Online English Proficiency Test (80 minutes)
The online test evaluates both the use of English and listening skills.
Students are tested on their knowledge of grammatical forms and vocabulary in the Use of English section and listening comprehension skills in the Listening section. In addition, both sections test how well students understand what is communicated. Understanding meaning is fundamental to communication and is an excellent indicator of language ability
Former EAP students who have been out of the EAP program for more than one term are required to take the English proficiency test before entering the program again.
Students who have applied to post-secondary programs are instructed to take the TOEFL or IELTS prior to arriving at Niagara College. In certain cases, if a student does not provide the required proof of English (TOEFL, IELTS), they may take the English Placement Test at Niagara College for placement in the EAP program. Students must contact testing coordinator, Christina Posteraro, to arrange a testing date prior to the start of their post-secondary program. There is a $100.00 fee associated with taking the test and payment can be made through International Student Accounts.
Students who arrive at Niagara College with insufficient language proficiency scores or forego standard testing for our English Placement Test must be aware that not passing Niagara College’s proficiency test may result in placement in the EAP program for potentially more than one term.
Short Term Testing
All students who study in the Short-term EAP program or the Summer English program are required to complete placement testing.
Short-term EAP students who enter the program at midterm should be aware of the following information regarding level progression.
If a student has failed one or more subject areas they must stay in the same level for the next term.
If a student achieves grades between 50% and 79% in all of their classes, they are given the placement test again to double check that they are ready to move ahead a level.
If students achieve 80% or higher in all of their courses they are exempt from taking the placement test at the end of 7 weeks of study and will advance to the next level.
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