IESL Placement

Proficiency levels in the program are assigned based on student language performance on upon arrival at Michigan Tech. Language performance is based on all parts of the placement testing process. Faculty members use part of the first week of instruction to find out if students are accurately placed. Courses provide students with opportunities to perform language tasks that enable faculty to judge student proficiency levels.

There are four phases to the placement process:

 
  • Phase I:           TOEFL ITP, Test of Written English, and Interview
  • Phase II:         Placement into courses
  • Phase III:        In-course diagnostic evaluation
  • Phase IV:        Placement adjustments

 

Listening, Speaking, and Pronounciation

520-549 52-54 0492 Academic
500-519 50-51 0470/0471 ESL elective
481-499 49-50 0430/0431 ESL elective
468-480 48-49 0370/0371 n/a
450-467 46-47 0330/0331

n/a

Writing and Grammar 520-549 55-57 0491 Academic
500-519 54-55 0460/0480 ESL Elective
481-499 52-53 0420/0440 ESL Elective
468-480 50-53 0360/0380 n/a
450-467 47-49 0320/0340 n/a
Reading and Vocabulary 520-549 52-53 0493 Academic
500-519 51-52 0450/0451 ESL elective
481-499 49-50 0410/0411 ESL elective
468-480 47-48 0350/0351 n/a
450-467 44-46 0310/0311 n/a

Students who score lower or higher than the range:

  • 449 and lower on the TOEFL ITP—Arrange for transfer or contract language study program if available.
  • 550 and higher on the TOEFL ITP—Interview and writing sample to determine whether they exit completely with UN1012 or take ESL0491, 0492, 0493, or 0490 depending on sub-scores.

Test of Written English and interviews are additional placement measures