Important COVID-19 and ISS Updates | Click Here (Last Updated: April 27, 2021 | ELI Placement Form for Fall 2021 now open)

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The following information will still be applicable for Fall 2021 while UHM is not fully in-person and due to differing domestic situations internationally:

For the safety of everyone and due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including visa delays, flight restrictions and required quarantines, the ELI will not require new ELI students to take our in-person placement test during the academic year ’20-’21 (Fall 20 & Spring 21).

Rather, we will place new, incoming ELI students into our classes based on all the relevant data we have available that indicates English language ability, such as students’ TOEFL or IELTS scores, as well as transcripts, SAT scores, transfer credits, and GPA, if available. This placement policy will apply to all students whether they will be physically present on campus in Spring ’21 or whether they will remain abroad taking all classes fully online. Students who do not have TOEFL or IELTS scores (i.e., TOEFL was waived), will be placed based on any other data available plus an oral interview with one of the ELI administrators. Students are also welcome to submit any single-author, academic writing samples that include citations of reliable, academic sources to help us determine writing placements. Please note that this is a temporary policy in place during the COVID 19 pandemic.

If you have an ELI registration hold, please fill out the ELI Placement Form (available for Spring 2022 admits in November). Once we process your placement form, we will contact you with information about your placement and how to remove your ELI hold.

In addition, we will be offering two optional ELI in-person tests. Fall 2021’s tests are scheduled for Thursday morning, August 19th and Tuesday evening, August 24th*. Of course, we will be following the safety guidelines provided by UHM related to COVID 19 (the room will be sanitized, masks required for all students and staff, and social distance required, etc.). This test is provided for those students who are able to arrive on campus before the 19th and who feel safe and comfortable to be in a classroom on the UHM campus. Taking our placement test cannot hurt your placement; it is simply an opportunity to provide us more information that might possibly lead to a higher placement.

*The test scheduled for Tuesday evening will prioritize students who cannot attend the Thursday morning test. More details on both tests will be provided via email when you receive your initial placements.

Another option is to provide us a more recent test of your academic English (TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo). As long as we receive your information by Sunday, August 29th, we will be able to consider it for your Spring 2021 placement.

Information on how to register for an optional test will be sent to you after you complete the ELI Placement Form. If you take the test on one date, you do not need to take it on the other date.

If you have any questions which cannot be answered by our website, please contact the ELI at uhmeli@hawaii.edu.