To place students in the appropriate class levels, the AEI uses a College Board English language proficiency test, Accuplacer. Placement testing is conducted during orientation week and new students are carefully evaluated by instructors during the first week of classes. If a new student feels that the placement is too easy or too difficult, he/she should discuss this with their instructor. The instructor will help determine whether or not the placement is correct. Students may not change levels after the first week of class.
Students’ progress to subsequent levels is based on demonstrated academic achievements and the recommendations of their instructors. Returning students who wish to take the Accuplacer placement test may do so by registering with an Academic Advisor before orientation week begins. The AEI will use the Accuplacer test results to place the student in the appropriate level.
Returning students will be placed in classes at the level indicated by their previous instructors. Any returning student who wishes to take the placement tests may do so by registering with an Academic Adviser before orientation week begins. The AEI will use test results to place the student in the appropriate level.
Accuplacer English Placement Test
ESL WritePlacer - 30-minute essay writing ESL Listening Skills - 20 questions, non-timed ESL Sentence Meaning - 20 questions, non-timed Note: Students should come early to be sure they have enough time to finish the test before the lab closes.
General Placement Policies
- Instructors make the final determination on whether or not students need to be moved.
- Level changes occur during the first week of the term.
- In beginning levels, there cannot be more than one level higher or lower between students’ Reading, Writing & Grammar and Oral Communication Skills classes. For example, if placed in RWG 2, a student cannot be placed in OCS 4, due to specific literacy skills requirements.
- New students cannot be placed into classes that are split between levels 3 and 4. For example, a student placed into RWG 3 cannot be placed higher than OCS 3, and a student placed into RWG 4 cannot be placed lower than OCS 4.
- Instructors are only changed when a returning student has had an instructor during the previous term.