A world-class institute of changemakers in the deaf and signing community.
Since 1864, we have been investing in and creating resources for deaf and hard of hearing children, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
Over 50 degree programs, with online and continuing education for personal and professional development.
Innovating solutions to break down barriers, and using science to prove what does and doesn’t work.
We make it easy for you to apply and enter here.
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Make lasting memories and grow in ways you never thought possible.
Hall Memorial Building (HMB) E253
(202) 250-2606 (videophone) (202) 651-5721 (voice) (202) 448-6954 (fax)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ELI students who are planning to apply for graduate school at Gallaudet University may take the TOEFL (Level 1) at the discretion of the ELI administration. Only hearing ELI students will take the Listening subtest as it is waived for deaf and hard of hearing ELI students.
Gallaudet University is a federally chartered private and premier university for the deaf and hard of hearing since 1864.
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