Exams

Program Level Tests

ELI has a set of exams that are used for determining student placement, progress, and achievement. In addition, ELI schedules undergraduate exams during the Testing Weeks at the end of the semester as a courtesy to ELI students. Please note that no exams are required for admission to ELI.

ACT Residual Site Code: 0662

The American College Test (ACT) is an optional test for ELI students who wish to meet the criteria for undergraduate admission. The ACT is required for undergraduate admission to Gallaudet University. To register for the ACT, please go to the Gallaudet Test Center.

CaMLA Writing Test

Each semester, ELI students take the CaMLA Writing Test for promotion purposes for levels up to level 6. When an ELI student meets the criteria for promotion to the next level of English as a Second Language (ESL), the student will be placed into a higher ESL level for the following semester.

Gallaudet Writing Exam (GWE)

At the end of each semester during the Testing Weeks, ELI students in levels four and above take the Gallaudet Writing Exam (GWE) to determine if they meet the Gallaudet University undergraduate expectations for English. This test is also required for undergraduate placement into English classes.

Degrees of Reading Power (DRP)

At the end of each semester during the Testing Weeks, ELI students in levels four and above take the DRP test during Testing Week to determine if they meet the Gallaudet University undergraduate expectations for English.

Placement Tests

During ELI Student Orientation, new ELI students take placement tests. The ELI administration analyzes the scores to determine the best fit for a new student within the ELI's various class levels in English, ASL, and mathematics.