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Placement & Testing

New students are tested and placed according to a battery of tests:  

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

 

WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THE EXAMS?

Students must complete the online exams before the start of the 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.  

 

WHAT IS THE RIT ENGLISH EXAM LIKE?

The exam has three parts.  Students must take all three parts, in the following order.  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 30-minute 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.

 

HOW DO I TAKE THE ONLINE TESTS?

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.

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