According to the British Council, speakers of English as a non-native language outnumber native speakers, with about 750 million people speaking English as an alternate language. The demand for non-native speakers to master the use of the English language for academic purposes, leisure, business, sports and digital social network is definitely on the rise.
The English Language Program at the University of Alberta administers a number of proficiency assessments and placement tests to international students whose first language is not English. These tests are conducted to give accurate assessments of prospective student’s current language proficiency in English. Test results will determine the most appropriate level for student placements in the ELP’s full-time programs (Intensive Day Program, English for Academic Purposes Program) and part-time programs, as well as confirm students’ proficiency readiness for university admission.
ELP’s placement test is a diagnostic test developed in-house with advice from experienced instructors and renowned researchers in the area of language testing. Comprised of four components (speaking, listening, reading and writing), the ELP’s placement test accurately places students in each of the proficiency levels of intensive English language studies offered by the ELP. This test is offered at the beginning of each term.