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English Programs for Internationals


Placement Criteria and Student Achievement Scale

 Placement

 You will be placed in the core classes based on your scores on the placement exams (test of listening, grammar, and reading; writing test, and oral interview). You will be placed in the best level for you so that you can make the most progress in your English language learning. It is not unusual for students to place into different levels for the 3 core courses. For example, a student may place in WG1, RV3, and SL2.

 If, after you have attended the first two classes, you feel that you need to move down or up a level, do the following: (EPI does not allow lateral moves.)

  1. Tell your instructor and ask for a Placement Change Request or copy one from this booklet.
  2. Complete the Placement Change Request and give it to your instructor.
  3. Keep the receipts for your textbooks and do not write in the books (in case you need to return them to the bookstore.)
  4. Attend all your classes and wait for the EPI faculty to meet and discuss your request at the Final Placement Meeting, which is usually Wednesday afternoon of Week 2. The decision will be given to you on the next day in your WG class.


EPI faculty members decide students’ placement in core courses based upon the placement criteria outlined below. EPI students do not select their class levels.

 

 

WRITING/GRAMMAR PLACEMENT

  • Students must meet the minimum requirements for both Writing Sample and Accuplacer Language Use, and have a placement score within the listed range
  • Placement score = WS*.7 + (ACP ESL Language Use/4) = 100 

READING/VOCABULARY PLACEMENT

  • Students must meet the minimum requirement for Accuplacer Reading, and have a placement score within the listed range
  • Placement score = (ACP ESL Reading)/1.2 = 100

SPEAKING/LISTENING PLACEMENT

Students must meet the minimum requirements for both Oral Interview and Accuplacer Listening, and have a placement score within the listed range

  • Placement score = (OI FLU*2.7) + (OI PRO*.59) + OI GR + (ACCU ESL Listening*.225) = 100
  • Oral Interview score = (OI FLU *2.7) + (OI PRO*.59) + OI GR = 73

*Official score reports are required for an iBT/PBT score to serve as potential placement sub-scores.

 

 

 

Student Achievement Scale

While the placement scale above outlines the requirements for initial placement in an EPI course level, the Student Achievement Scale below outlines the measurable and observable outcomes that a student can expect to achieve upon successful completion of each course of each level in the intensive English program.