Onsite ESLAT Dates

For Undergraduate Students

Undergraduates can visit the Testing and Evaluation website for more information about how to complete their required placement tests. If you have difficulties scheduling your ESLAT test, please contact the SOAR Program at soar@studentlife.wisc.edu or 608-262-4707.

The listening test is not required for undergraduate students taking the off-campus ESLAT.

On Campus Spring Semester ESLAT Dates

January 9, 2017, 9:00 AM

January 11, 2017, 9:00 AM

Location:  TBA

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The ESLAT (English as a Second Language Assessment Test) is used to assess students' English language skills required for academic work and to place students in appropriate ESL courses. The ESLAT is required of many new graduate and undergraduate students.

The ESLAT consists of two parts.

• Part 1: Listening.This portion of the test assesses your comprehension of informal speech and lectures. The first part is a multiple-choice listening test. You will listen to one-line statements and choose a response or a paraphrase. The test continues with short dialogues or lectures on either general or academic topics.

• Part 2: Reading & Writing. The second portion of the test requires you to read a 600-800 word passage. You will then summarize the passage and respond to it in a short essay. You will have 50 minutes to complete this section.

There is no practice or sample test available. To prepare yourself, read widely, summarize what you read and write about it. Good writing develops through practice.

If you have questions, please contact the ESL office at askesl@wisc.edu. Students with disabilities needing a reasonable accommodation should contact the McBurney Disability Resource Center