I'm the sole ESL faculty at a community college with a high international student ELL population and a domestic ELL population as well. Most of the international students arrive on campus just a few days before classes start and need to be tested and placed very quickly. I am currently in my second year at this institution, and I'm working to establish a testing policy for incoming ELLs. The school uses ACCUPLACER as a placement test for all in-coming students, so last year we tried to use the ACCUPLACER ESL for the ELLs. The exam uses its own scale with very vague descriptors, and we found it difficult to place students accurately.
What placement test would you recommend that tests writing, listening, and reading that is taken on a computer and can give results almost immediately? I would prefer something that aligns with CEFR or TOEFL.
Thank you very much,
Here is a response I received via email:
Good morning Theresa,I hope the new year is starting well for you.I am the program manager for the English Language Institute at the University of Texas at El Paso.I used an in house test, which was marked by teachers for the speaking and writing and the other test we used scantrons.It was very time consuming and have switched to the Pearson Versant English Placement Test. The cost was $19 per test and it is linked to the CEFR. The link is - https://www.versanttests.com/ samples/englishplacement I work with Mr. Steven - firstname.lastname@example.orgThank you------------------------------Sam ParthibanProgram Manager - English Language Institute (915)email@example.comThe University of Texas at El PasoUSALike us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ ELIP3UTEP/
I was also sent this message via LinkedIn:
Dear Theresa,Hello! I was forwarded your post about looking for a placement/assessment test so I just sent you an email with information about our iTEP test. I wanted to connect on here as well so that you see we are legitimate and serious about great ESL testing!
Cheers, Jim B. iTEP Midwest
Here is Jim's page
(I searched both both my email inboxes and couldn't find Jim's email, but I'll contact him if need be)
Thank you all for your wonderful responses! They are incredibly helpful.
I plan to make a list of all suggested exams with their pros and cons in order to narrow down which one is right for our program.
Thank you again,