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IELP Placement Test

THE IELP PLACEMENT TEST

Placement test scores determine the program level that IELP admitted students will enter as they begin their IELP studies. If you are a Pathway Program student and have been placed in either the 6 or 9 month program, the placement test might not be required.


The placement test is online and can be taken at any time. You can take the test in your home or other quiet location. You will need a computer, headphones or earbuds with a microphone, and a webcam.

Here is some information about these different test sections:

Sample essays:


Practice website:

Please email ielpadm@pdx.edu for more information.

PLACEMENT TEST DESCRIPTION

The IELP Placement Test is an online, computer-based test called ACCUPLACER ESL. Most students finish the test in 1-2 hours.


The test has three parts: writing, listening, and sentence meaning.

Test Parts

Skill Time Questions Format
Writing 30 minutes Prompt

Write an academic style essay in response to a question. The test scores grammar, word use, sentence use, and organization/development.

Listening Not timed Multiple choice

Listen to short conversations or lectures about academic and everyday topics. Answer questions about comprehension and implied meaning.

Sentence Meaning Not timed Multiple choice

Read 1-2 sentences at a time and answer questions about the sentence.