ELS/ESL - ACCUPLACER

There are three English Language Studies (ELS) tests - Reading Skills, Language Use and Listening.

Note: For students applying to a Health Science program, the placement tests may be required regardless of the exemptions listed below. Additional ELS placement tests may be required. See the program packet for details.

ELS Reading Placement

Students are required to take the ESL Reading Skills test unless they have one of the following:

  • College-level credit totaling 12 semester hours with at least a “C” average.
  • College certificate, Associate degree, BA/BS degree, Graduate degree.
  • ACT composite score of 20 or higher. Proof of score must be provided.
  • SAT verbal/critical reading score of 500. Proof of score must be provided.
  • TOEFL score of 550 paper/pencil, 213 computer-based or 79 Internet-based. Proof of score must be provided.
  • IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. Proof of score must be provided.
  • A valid category 1 score on the ESL COMPASS Placement tests.
  • ACCUPLACER ESL Reading Skills test transferred from another institution with minimum cut–off score. Official score report required.

ELS Placement Test Scores
Reading Skills

Category

ACCUPLACER Score

Reading Placement

1

102 or higher

RCR = Reading Competency Requirement met

2

90-101

ELS 0443

3

70-89

ELS 0442

4

40-69

ELS 0441

5

below 40

Adult ELA

 *Category 1 scores are valid forever.

ELS Writing Placement

For placement into English 1101 or 1105, students are required to take the ESL Language Use test unless they have one of the following:

  • ACT composite score of 20 or higher. Proof must be provided.
  • TOEFL score of 550 paper/pencil, 213 computer-based or 79 Internet-based. Proof of score must be provided.
  • IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. Proof of score must be provided.
  • A valid category 1 score on the ESL COMPASS Placement tests.
  • ACCUPLACER ESL Language Use tests transferred from another institution with minimum cut–off score. Official score report required.

ELS Placement Test Scores
Language Use

Category

ACCUPLACER Score

 Writing Placement

1

102 or higher

English 1101 or 1105
(with RCR met)

2

90-101

ELS 0663 and/or ELS 0553

3

70-89

ELS0662 and/or ELS 0552

4

40-69

ELS0661 and/or ELS 0551

5

below 40

Adult ELA

 *Category 1 scores are valid forever.

ELS Listening Placement

This test is recommended for students to measure their ability to listen and understand spoken English.

ELS Placement Test Scores
Listening

Category

ACCUPLACER Score

Listening Placement

1

102 or higher

College-ready

2

90-101

ELS 0773

3

70-89

ELS 0772

4

40-69

ELS 0771

5

below 40

Adult ELA

*Category 1 scores are valid forever.

Contact Information


Academic Testing Center, Glen Ellyn - Main Campus
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2A06, (630) 942-2400
Fax: (630) 942-3724

Specialized Testing Center, Glen Ellyn - Main Campus
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2A08, (630) 942-2400
Fax: (630) 942-3724

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