Handbook

The ESL Requirement & ESL Placement Exam (ESLPE) Guide
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

In order for students to enroll in an ESL course to satisfy their ESL requirement, they must first take the English as a Second Language Placement Exam (ESLPE). They cannot enroll in an ESL class until they are placed. The exam is a one-hour essay exam responding to a prompt about a topic of general interest such as one you might find in a newspaper. It tests students’ proficiency in English. The results of the ESLPE are used to determine placement into the required sequence of ESL courses or exemption from the ESL requirement.

Who must take the ESLPE?

Only undergraduate transfer students may take the ESLPE – undergraduate freshmen must register for the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE), also with Writing Programs. Students must satisfy their ESL requirement during their first year of residency. Failure to do so will result in a hold on the students’ records.

The ESLPE is required of undergraduate transfer students whose native language is not English. In most cases, students are exempt from the ESL requirement if they receive a B or higher in all the English Composition 3 and English 4W equivalent courses at their community college. However, Undergraduate Admissions* can hold the student for the requirement at their discretion.

*If students have questions regarding why they are held for the ESL requirement, they must contact the Undergraduate Admissions office directly: (310) 825-3101 1-4pm or Murphy 1147.

How often is the ESLPE offered?

The ESLPE is offered once every quarter during the academic year (four times during the Fall). If a student fails to register for the scheduled exam, they must wait until the next exam is offered as the department does not administer individual exams.

The dates for the 2014-2015 school year are:

Fall Quarter

September 24, 2014
9:30-11:15am Location: Dodd 121
12:30-2:15pm Location: Dodd 121

October 1, 2014
9:30-11:15am Location: Dodd 121
12:30-2:15pm Location: Rolfe 1200

Winter Quarter

December 6, 2013
To Be Announced (TBA)

Spring Quarter
To Be Announced (TBA)

How do students register for the ESLPE?

Information regarding test dates and registration is found at the Writing Programs department website at www.wp.ucla.edu (under ‘Placement Exam Schedule’). Students must register for the ESLPE via the website before the date of the exam.

How many times can an undergraduate student take the ESLPE?

Undergraduate students may only take the ESLPE once. Unauthorized retakes of the exam will be invalid.

Can students take ESL courses on a Pass/No Pass (P/NP) basis?

No. Students must take all ESL courses for a letter grade and receive a C or better.

What classes are students required to take if placed into ESL courses?

The levels of ESL classes from lowest to highest: ESL 33B*, 33C, and 35. Students must take classes in order (i.e. if a student is placed in ESL 33C, they must pass the course with a letter grade before taking ESL 35).

*ESL 33B is offered once every academic year during the Fall quarter. Students placed into this course must take it during their first quarter at UCLA.

Can students take ESL courses at another institution to satisfy their requirement?

No. When students take the ESLPE and are placed into an ESL course in order to satisfy their ESL requirement, all required courses must be taken at UCLA either during the academic year or summer. Students must complete all ESL courses in sequence and must satisfy the ESL requirement in order to graduate.

Who is the contact for the ESL requirement and ESLPE?

Name: Catharine McGraw, Student Affairs Officer Location: Humanities 146 Phone: (310) 206-1145 Email: esl@ucla.edu

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Read below to learn more about the ESL Requirements for Graduate International students.

Who must take the ESLPE?

The ESLPE (English as a Second Language Placement Examination) is required of all entering UCLA graduate students whose first language is not English and who have not otherwise satisfied the ESL requirement. Sometimes Graduate Division holds students for the test for other reasons. The “Graduate Admissions Checklist” that comes with the acceptance letter gives a link to information on whether a student needs to take the exam or contains a paragraph telling the student to take the exam.

Who is exempt from taking the ESLPE?

Graduate students whose native language is not English are EXEMPT from the ESLPE if they hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from a university in a country where the official language is English and in which English is the spoken tongue and the medium of instruction.

Neither the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) nor any other English proficiency test can be accepted in place of the ESLPE.

Questions regarding why a student is held for the ESLPE should be directed to the Graduate Division. Susan Smith, (310) 825-4450, ssmith@gdnet.ucla.edu

Graduate students, if applicable, must satisfy their ESL requirement during their first year of residency.

When are the ESLPEs offered and how do students register?

The ESLPE is offered ONCE every quarter during the academic year only. In Fall it is offered four times.

Students must register at the Writing Programs website at www.wp.ucla.edu (under “Placement Exam Schedule” then “ESLPE”). Students must make note of the time for which they register.

*Students who fail to register for the scheduled exam must wait until the next exam is offered. The department does not administer individual exams.

How many times can graduate students take the exam?

Graduate students may take the ESLPE up to two times. They may not take a UCLA ESL course in between those times. Graduate students who believe that their initial ESLPE score is not reflective of their English language proficiency due to having recently arrived in the U.S. may sit for the examination a second time in the subsequent term only (re-taking the examination in the same term is not counted as a valid result). The most recent examination score is held to be valid.

What classes are students required to take if placed into ESL courses?

The levels of ESL classes from lowest to highest: ESL 33B* and ESL 33G. Students must take classes in order (i.e. if a student is placed in ESL 33B, they must pass the course with a letter grade before taking ESL 33G).

*ESL 33B is offered once every academic year during the Fall quarter. Students placed into this course must take it during their first quarter at UCLA.

Can students take ESL courses at another institution to satisfy their requirement?

No. When students take the ESLPE and are placed into an ESL course in order to satisfy their ESL requirement, all required courses must be taken at UCLA. Students must complete all ESL courses in sequence and must satisfy the ESL requirement in order to graduate.

What is the format of the ESLPE?

The exam is one hour long and students respond to a prompt by writing their opinions about a topic of general interest such as one that might be in a newspaper. The department does not provide samples of the test. Students should bring a picture ID to the exam.

Who is the contact for the ESL requirement and ESLPE?

Name: Catharine McGraw, Student Affairs Officer Location: Humanities 146 Phone: (310) 206-1145 Email: esl@ucla.edu



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