Prior to the start of each semester, new IEP students are sent links to the IEP’s online placement test to determine their initial placement into Level 4 (Intermediate), Level 5 (High-intermediate) or Level 6 (Low-Advanced) of the IEP. New students receive their level placement, schedules, and book lists during IEP New Student Orientation.
What to Expect:
- The entire placement test takes 90 minutes to complete.
- There are five sections: grammar, listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
- The grammar, listening, and reading sections are multiple-choice. The speaking and writing sections require the students to prepare responses to two spoken and two written tasks. Students will talk into a microphone to answer the speaking questions. For the writing section, students will type their responses directly into the computer.
The writing and speaking scores are based on:
- Accurate control over language and general fluency
- Variety and control over sentence structure
- Variety and appropriateness of vocabulary
- Relevant support, details, and cohesiveness (organization and transitions)
- Effort required on the part of the reviewer to determine intended meaning
How to Prepare
- Read in English on any topic of interest to YOU; read as much as you can – magazine articles, newspapers, novels, etc.
- Watch English language TV – the international news, American TV shows, movies, etc.
- Listen to English podcasts
- Speak and write in English as much as possible. Practice sharing your opinions on a variety of topics. Be sure to support them with relevant details and examples.