Guidelines for Student Testing

Resident or international students whose native language is not English, or who studied part of their high school in a language other than English, or who studied ESOL or ESL in high school:

  • Take the PERT and provide a writing sample.
  • If PERT scores are a minimum of 106 Reading and 103 Writing, the ELS and English departments may determine where students should be placed based on PERT scores and writing assessment. Evaluators may, however, request that students also take the Level of English Proficiency (LOEP) test dependent upon demonstrated writing proficiency.
  • If scores are below 106/103, students take the LOEP test. Based on LOEP and writing assessment scores, the ELS and English departments determine where the students should be placed.

International students whose native language is English, who are from countries where English is the only official language*, and who studied high school only in English without ESOL or ESL:

  • Take the PERT or Accuplacer.
  • Student is placed into appropriate ENC course per cutoff score
  • * Students from the following countries where English is the only official language do not need to take the LOEP/Writing Sample:
  • Antigua and Barbuda                      
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Canada (High School instruction must have been in English)
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • Virgin Islands


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