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Please click here to register for the Fall 2023 ELI Placement Test.

All admitted UH-Mānoa students who have English as a second language are required to clear the ELI. There are two ways to get ELI clearance:

  1. Meeting any of the ELIPT exemption criteria. Click here for a list of exemption criteria. If you think you meet any of the exemption criteria, please contact the ELI (by email at
  2. Getting high scores on the ELI Placement Test. Based on the scores of your test, you may be exempted in one or more of the three skill areas the test covers.

If you do not meet the exemption criteria, then you will have a “registration hold.” This means that you will not be able to register for classes until you have signed up for the ELI Placement Test, either online or in person. After we receive and confirm your registration information, we will remove the registration hold.  Holds are removed in the order we receive them. Please allow at least three working days for the hold to be removed.

ELI Placement Tests for Fall 2023 will be held at the following times:

  • Tuesday, August 15th – 8:00am to 1:00pm
  • Thursday, August 17th – 8:00am to 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 22th – 3:00pm to 8:00pm
    The August 22th date is reserved for students who must arrive late to Hawaii due to flight or visa issues.

To register online for the ELI Placement Test, you will need to fill out a form, which should take about 10-15 minutes. It’s important and helpful to fill the form out as detailed as you can!

Please click here to register for the Fall 2023 ELI Placement Test.

The ELI is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation both locally in Hawaii and abroad. If there are any changes, we will communicate with those who have registered for the ELIPT. Please register for the test, and check your email for any updates from the ELI.

In-person registration is currently unavailable. If you have any ELIPT registration issues, please contact us at

If you have an ELI registration hold, or need to meet with an ELI advisor, please contact the ELI office via email: