English Placement Process

General English

Upon arriving at the College, General English students are tested to determine their English language ability. Students complete a grammar test (The Oxford Placement test) and a speaking interview with the Coordinator – English Language Programs, who will then place the student in an appropriate level. Students with special learning needs will have a learning plan established for them.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

English for Academic Purposes students are tested on the first day of each new semester in January, May and September. Students sit a Password Test and a speaking interview with an EAP teacher. The Speaking test includes questions around a student’s academic and educational history, work history, goals and their motivations. The Program Coordinator and teachers consider the results along with any other evidence of English proficiency. Teachers grade the results and make a recommendation to the Coordinator – English Language Programs who assigns students to classes according to their level of English ability.

In all programs, students who feel they are in the incorrect level may speak with their teacher in the first instance, followed by the Coordinator – English Language Programs.