Exams

Program Level Tests

ELI has a set of exams that are used for determining student placement, progress, and achievement. Please note that no exams are required for admission to ELI.

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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.


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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.


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Undergraduate students take the Gallaudet Writing Exam (GWE) to determine if they meet the Gallaudet University undergraduate expectations for English. This writing test is required for undergraduate placement into English classes, including non-credit classes if a passing score is not achieved. To prepare ELI students for their undergraduate requirements, ELI students in level 6 receive practice assignments for the GWE and additional writing homework during their classes.


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Undergraduate students take the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) test to determine if they meet the Gallaudet University undergraduate expectations for English. This cloze test is required for undergraduate placement into English classes, including non-credit classes if a passing score is not achieved. To prepare ELI students for their undergraduate requirements, ELI students in level 6 receive practice assignments for the DRP test and additional reading comprehension assignments during their classes. Strategies for answering cloze tests may also be covered in class.


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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.


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The TOEFL (Level 1) will be piloted with ELI students soon. The Listening subtest is not offered. The TOEFL offers extended times to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing registrants. The Structure and Written Expression subtest is extended by 10 minutes, making it 35 minutes long. The Reading and Vocabulary subtest is extended by 30 minutes, making it 85 minutes long.