Placement Test

About the Placement Test

The ELI Placement Test is designed to measure your ability of academic English in order to accurately help the ELI to determine which ELI classes, if any, will be most helpful for you. The full exam includes five separate tests: one writing test, two listening tests, and two reading tests. Your scores will determine if you are placed into intermediate classes, advanced classes, or are exempted from taking ELI courses.

Preparing for the Test

The best way to prepare for the ELI Placement Test is to be familiar with the different parts of the test, so that you know exactly what to expect. There are no “practice tests” that you can use to study from, but you can read about the structure of the ELI Placement Test here. 

Register Online for the ELI Placement Test

All admitted UH-Mānoa students who have English as a second language are required to register for the ELI, unless exempted. If you do not meet the exemption criteria, then you will have a “registration hold” until you register for the ELIPT. Register online for the ELI placement test here.

Check Your ELI Placement Test Results

If you took the ELI Placement Test for the current semester, click here to find out your results. Results for each test are posted on the same day as the test.