Incoming undergraduate students
See the College Writing website for information about the Washington University in St. Louis Writing Placement Exam.
Incoming exchange students
Any new exchange students who would be interested in taking courses or a tutorial to refine their English for academic and professional communication may sign up for a placement test. Although these tests are listed as tests for graduate students, undergraduates are welcome to take them. To sign up, please see the information under “Incoming graduate students” below.
Incoming graduate students
A letter sent with your visa documents indicates which English placement exam(s), if any, your school/department requires you to take upon arrival. As a follow-up to the TOEFL or other standardized English proficiency tests you may already have taken, the exams will determine whether you would benefit from English language support in order to fully engage with your academic program and the university community. Your department/school may require you to follow any ELP course recommendations that result from your performance on the exam(s).
Check your school/department orientation schedules to avoid conflicts with other required events before signing up for your ELP exams. After you sign up for an exam time, it may not be possible to reschedule.
Graduate Composition Exam
The Graduate Composition Exam is an essay exam. To sign up, visit our online scheduling system.
Bring one form of photo identification (e.g. passport, driver license, or Washington University student ID) to the exam and a pen to write with.
Graduate Listening & Speaking Exam
The Graduate Listening & Speaking Exam is a one-on-one interview. To sign up, visit our online scheduling system. On your testing date, please report a few minutes before your appointment to the reception desk at the Office for International Students & Scholars, Stix International House.
Bring one form of photo identification (e.g. passport, driver license, or Washington University student ID) to the exam.
You may find the information you need at the description of the ELP’s tests or on the placement testing information page. If you have additional questions, please contact the ELP at 314-935-5910 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional exams administered by the WashU ELP
The ELP TA Exams are for prospective teaching assistants. Time and place are arranged by each department.