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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I sign up for the placement test?
Contact the ELP offices,, before the start of academic classes to register for the placement test.

How do I prepare for the placement test?
The placement test assesses oral proficiency in English, so the best way to prepare is to practice speaking English as much as possible.

If I don’t pass the placement test, how long will it take me to pass POPT?
There is no real way to predict how long it will take a student to pass POPT. Each student has his/her own aptitude for learning a language and some students will work harder than others. Experience has shown, however, that most students take at least two semesters of formal instruction to pass POPT.

Can I enroll in ELP classes once I have passed the placement test or POPT?
Yes, we offer weekly discussion groups for students who have passed and would like to improve their oral communication.

I received my master's degree from a US university.  Do I still have to take the placement test?
Yes, all students who score 27 or below on the Speaking sub-section of the TOEFL iBT and who have not received their BA/BS from a U.S. college or university must take the placement test and participate in ELP classes if required.

What can I do to improve my writing skills?
Although ELP does not offer writing classes, graduate students may contact the Writing Center for individual help. In addition, they offer discipline and course-specific workshops for student writers. For information, visit their website at