English Language Skills Assessment

All new international undergraduate students are required to have their English language skills assessed, regardless of where they have studied previously. This allows the University to have a better understanding of what new international students may need in additional English language support to be successful at Binghamton University.

For the fall 2020 assessment, because of COVID, the assessments were done by the ELI staff during July and early August by considering standardized test scores, high school courses and grades, one-on-one Zoom interviews with new students, and proctored writing samples. If you did not participate in the assessments or did not receive an email from the ELI addressing this topic, please contact Linda Sukarat, ELI Interim Director.

After the assessment, your academic advisor received notification indicating which ELI course(s) are recommended or required for you to take. English Language Institute courses count toward graduation and provide General Education credit.

New international undergraduate students who are in the dual-diploma program (DDP) or Beijing International Studies University (BISU) program are not required to have their English language skills assessed at this time. Likewise, non-native speakers of English who are permanent residents of the United States are not required to have their English language skills assessed.  If you are in one of these categories and would like to take an ELI course, please contact the ELI or your academic advisor for guidance.

New international graduate students are not required to have their English language skills assessed. The ELI offers 3 courses for graduate students: ELI 715 (Oral fluency skills); ELI 725 (Accent reduction and professional presentation skills); and GRD 575 (Pronunciation and teaching skills for International Teaching Assistants).  Contact the ELI or your advisor for guidance on registering for these courses.

Visit the English Language Institute website to learn more about the program, our classes, and ways to practice your English while at Binghamton University. Click on “New and prospective students” to view previously recorded Webinars introducing the ELI; Language development strategies; Cultural adaptation tips; and Tech tools for studying at BU.