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English Language Proficiency Testing

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:  If you are applying to RIT or the RIT English Language center, and you have *not* submitted TOEFL or IELTS scores, then you will be required to take the RIT English Language Center exam.

If you already submitted TOEFL or IELTS,  your English placement will be evaluated according to your TOEFL or IELTS sub-scores and you will be automatically enrolled in any courses you have placed into.  You do not have to take an additional RIT exam.    However:  If you would like a chance to challenge your TOEFL or IELTS scores to change your English language placement (to get a higher English level, or to place "out" of any English requirement), you may optionally take the RIT English Language Center exam.  

NOTE: The RIT ELC exam is used for admission purposes at RIT only.  This exam is not valid for applications to other universities.

There is a $50 fee for the RIT English Language Center exams. Sign up here: English Language Center Test Registration.


Students must complete the online exams before the start of the term, so enrollment in English courses (or changes to enrollment) can be made before the beginning of th term.  Exams are typically offered at 3 times before the beginning of term, usually between 2 months and 2 weeks before the beginning of the term.   NOTE:  Advanced level students can also take English courses early and ONLINE in the spring or summer before they start degree studies at RIT.   Please contact if you are interested in information about completing English courses early.


The exam has three parts.  Most students must take all three parts, but some students may only be required to take some parts of the exam.   You can take the three parts of the exam on different days.

  1. (1) Two-Part Reading/Writing Exam – This test has two parts. Part 1 is a 2 hour reading/writing exam. Students read several articles about a topic and answer an essay question. The writing includes summary, citation, and response. Part 2 is a multiple choice grammar test of 30 questions.
  2. (2) Spoken Communication Exam – is a 60 minute exam with questions in three areas: 1. General information 2. Class Schedules and 3. Data Commentary. Students will hear the question and record their answer.
  3. (3) CEFR Exam – This is a 60 minute exam that tests speaking, listening, reading and writing similar to TOEFL type questions.



After you register and pay, you will receive an email that will explain how to access the exam.  You will get a ticket or "license" for each part of the exam.  You will need a government-issued ID like a passport and a computer that has good internet connection and a microphone with recording capabilities.

NOTE: You must take the exams on a computer, so you must arrange for uninterrupted access to a computer for the exam.  You may NOT take the tests on a cell phone.  The test site will not let you log in using a cell phone due to test security reasons.


The English Language Center will provide the results to you by email within 1 to 2 weeks.   If you are already an admitted student, you can also check RIT Student Information System (SIS) to see if any changes to your schedule have been made.

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