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
Computer Based Placement Test (80 minutes)
- The computer based placement 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.
Students who have applied to post-secondary programs are instructed to take the language proficiency test prior to arriving at Niagara College. Click here to find out which language proficiency scores Niagara College accepts. 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 the testing coordinator 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 by emailing International Student Accounts at [email protected]
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHEN CAN I TAKE THE PLACEMENT TEST?
New EAP students
Placement tests are administered to new EAP students during orientation at the start of each term. Detailed test schedules with dates and times are provided by NC International during the orientation period.
Short term EAP students
Placement tests for short-term EAP students are administered eight weeks after the beginning of each term during Niagara College’s break week. Detailed test schedules with dates and times are provided by NC International.
WHAT IF I ARRIVE AT NIAGARA COLLEGE AFTER THE SCHEDULED TESTING DATES?
If you arrive at Niagara College after the scheduled testing dates have passed, you must contact the ESL Testing Facilitator by email to schedule a testing date.
*Please note: space in the program is limited once a term has started and late students will be tested according to the availability of teachers and rooms. There may be a fee associated with starting the program late.
CAN I SEE MY TESTING RESULTS?
Students receive schedules indicating the level they have been placed into and are not given their test results. If you wish to inquire about your testing results and placement level, you may make an appointment with the ESL Student Advisor to review this information.
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR THE PLACEMENT TEST?
We recommend that students taking the placement test spend time reviewing their English language skills. Good preparation will make it easier for instructors to accurately assess your skills. Consider one or more of the following preparation activities:
- Read online articles in English that interest you
- Watch English subtitled films or listen to music
- Reviewing any English language textbooks or other reading material you may have
- Look for local community newspapers and radio or television programs in English
- Seek speaking opportunities with native English speakers
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO TAKE THE PLACEMENT TEST?
Students are eligible to take the placement test up until the tenth day after the start of the EAP program. Exceptions must be approved by the Associate Dean of the School of English Language Studies.