ESL Composition Placement Test – Undergraduates
Incoming international students, including transfer students, are required to demonstrate writing proficiency in academic English. Students who are required to take the ESL Composition Placement Test (those who do not meet specific exemptions) will be contacted at their OSU email address with instructions for taking the online test.
For students admitted for Autumn 2022, phase 3 of the online test will be available from August 1, 2022 to August 17, 2022. University acceptance fees should be paid at least one week before the student will receive an email with instructions for taking the test.
Taking the ESL Composition Placement Test Online
ESL Composition Placement Test – What to expect
After the ESL Composition Placement Test
- Go to BuckeyeLink
- Click on “Student Center”
- Click on “Generate Advising Report”
- Look under “Test Results” for “ESL PLACE”
- EDUTL 1901 – Advanced English as a Second Language
- EDUTL 1902 – Academic Writing in English as a Second Language
- Qualify (“80 Q”) – No ESL coursework is required, eligible to enroll in English 1110
- This score shows up as 2000 in Carmen.
- Those who score on the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL
- 114 or higher, or
- 101 or higher and a 28 on the Writing section
- Those who score on the IELTS
- 9.0 or higher (Overall Band Score), or
- 8.0 or higher (Overall Band Score) and 8.0 Academic Writing module
- Those who are citizens of the following countries or regions: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States and Wales.
- New first term undergraduate freshmen who attended a U.S. high school for two or more years and graduated from that high school, and who have:
- an ACT English score of 19 or greater, or
- an SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW/RWRSN) score of 500 (or an SAT verbal [CRVB] score of 460 or greater if taken prior to 2017), or
- Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or postsecondary credit for English 1110.
- New undergraduate transfer students who attended a U.S. institution of higher education and are transferring in a course for English 1110 credit (not general English credit).