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English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Effective December 1, 2016 MDC will discontinue using COMPASS/ESL and will begin using ACCUPLACER ESL. This webpage will be updated as needed. The information below is for students tested on ACCUPLACER ESL. For students tested on COMPASS/ESL please refer to the Placement Criteria Document - Section II.

The testing criteria and guidelines for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) are as follows:

Students without sufficient English proficiency to take the MDC Placement Test are required to take an MDC approved English proficiency placement test (ACCUPLACER ESL) and be placed in designated English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. This includes students with foreign degrees earned from accredited institutions where the language of instruction is not English. Students may retest once on ACCUPLACER ESL for initial placement. Retesting of the complete battery of tests must occur prior to enrollment or by the 100% refund date each semester.

EAP students who have satisfied the 0200 level or above, either by EAP course completion or ACCUPLACER ESL placement, may take the mathematics subtest of the MDC Placement Test. Continuing EAP students in the 0400 level or above in all four skill areas (Reading, Writing, Grammar EAP, or their equivalents) shall take the reading and writing subtests of the MDC Placement Test after the last withdrawal date of the term for advisement into advanced EAP levels or ENC 1101 in the following term. New incoming students whose ACCUPLACER ESL subtest scores in Reading, Grammar, Usage, and WritePlacer ESL place them into the EAP 1500 or 1600 levels shall take the MDC Placement Test prior to registering for EAP courses. Refer to Appendix F (advisement guides).

Notes:

  • EAP students who are taking the MDC Placement Test for their first time may take the mathematics subtest on its own. However, they must take the reading and writing subtests at the same time.
  • Exceptions to testing EAP students could be made at the chairperson’s discretion.
  • Students who have completed the 1600 level of all required EAP courses progress directly to ENC 1101.

Required to take an English proficiency placement test:

1.  

All students required to test in Degree Programs or College Credit Certificate Programs who:

  • graduated from a non-English speaking high school.
  • took ESOL during their twelfth grade at any English speaking high school.
  • earned a GED in Spanish.
  • took an MDC approved English proficiency placement test more than one year ago and whose scores were not used for placement decisions.

2. 

Students transitioning from EDU 070, EDU 058, or EDU 064 to degree or Health Sciences college credit certificate programs are required to take an MDC approved English proficiency placement test in order to determine eligibility.

Exempted from the English proficiency placement test (ACCUPLACER ESL):

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Students who present TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic scores meeting MDC's EAP exemption requirements.
Note: These students are still required to meet placement testing requirements.

EAP exemption using TOEFL
TOEFL Score* ACCUPLACER ESL
Paper-and-pencil 500 or higher Not required
Computer-based 173 or higher Not required
Internet-based 61 or higher Not required
Notes:
*Effective June 18, 2014. Students who tested prior to this date may benefit from the lower scores in effect; if their scores are in the new passing range.
Institutional TOEFL scores from other institutions are not used for exemption purposes.
The TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) is not used for exemption purposes.
EAP exemption using IELTS
IELTS (Academic Module) Score ACCUPLACER ESL
Overall Band Score* 5.5 or higher Not required
Notes:
*Effective June 18, 2014. Students who tested prior to this date may benefit from the lower scores in effect; if their scores are in the new passing range.
IELTS scores from their General Training Module are not used for exemption purposes at MDC.
EAP exemption using PTE Academic
PTE Academic Score ACCUPLACER ESL
Overall Score* 51 or higher Not required
Notes:
  * Effective June 18, 2014. Note: PTE General scores are used for exemption purposes at MDC. Students who tested prior to this date may benefit from the lower scores in effect; if their scores are in the new passing range.

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Students who earned a college credit certificate in a MDC program of more than 12 credits or from an institution recognized by MDC are exempt from English proficiency placement testing. Official documentation is required.

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Students who earned a GED in English.

Students exempted from testing for Degree Programs and College Credit Certificate Programs.

Course Placement Guide for EAP:

The EAP Course Placement Guide is used for placement in the EAP program. Notes: EAP 0100 through 0400 levels are developmental education levels, while EAP 1500 and 1600 levels are college-level, but do not count towards graduation. Students who place in EAP 0300 through 1600 levels may be enrolled in the EAP-Concurrent Enrollment Track or Program ACE with advisement.

ACCUPLACER ESL Placement Guidelines (as of 12/01/2016)
Local Test 2 Local Test 2
Placement
ESL Reading Skills Reading Level
Placement
ESL Language Use Grammar Level
Placement
WritePlacer ESL* Writing Level
Placement
 
0-7 Level 1 courses Not Admin. N/A Not Admin. N/A Not Admin. N/A
8-14 Level 2 courses Not Admin. N/A Not Admin. N/A Not Admin. N/A
15-20 Branch to ESL Reading Skills 20-58 2** Not Admin. N/A Not Admin. N/A
    59-74 3** 20-68 3** Not Admin. N/A
    75-82 4 69-78 4 2 4
    83-90 5 79-91 5 3 5
    91-115 6 92-115 6 4 6
    116-120 See Dept. Chair 116-120 See Dept. Chair 5 or 6 See Dept. Chair
* WritePlacer ESL is administered only for students with scores of both 75 or higher on reading skills and 69 or higher on language use. Students with WritePlacer ESL scores below 2 are placed by ESL - Language Use.
For WritePlacer ESL scores of zero (0), codes will be assigned to indicate the reason the essay was given a score of zero.
Codes are:
B = blank (95)
T = too short (94)
F = written in foreign language
I = illegible/incoherent (92)
O = off topic (91)
  
** Students scoring into levels 1, 2, or 3 should be uniformly placed in one level for Reading, Grammar, and Writing.
- Placement in Speech Level courses to be determined by an EAP advisor after speaking with student in English. In most cases, Speech Level decision should reasonably complement already determined Reading, Grammar, and Writing Level. If student is a fluent English speaker who would not benefit from Level 6 Speech, see Department chair for exemption and college class options.
- Campus departments may recommend adjustments to initial placement.
- Further testing may be done in classrooms.


Employee Resources

 

Continuing EAP students in the 0400 level and above shall take the reading and writing subtests of the MDC Placement Test after the last withdrawal date of the term in order to satisfy the State’s postsecondary testing requirement. New incoming students who place into the EAP 1500 or 1600 levels on the ACCUPLACER ESL shall take the MDC Placement Test prior to registering in EAP courses. Students who score 106 or above in reading AND 103 or above in writing may enroll in ENC 1101.

Although the PERT is not used as an English proficiency placement test at MDC, it can be used as one of several criteria to advise EAP students for registering in Levels 1500 and/or 1600 Level courses. Students who score 84 or above in reading or 90 or above in writing must see department chair or designee for advisement purposes.

When should EAP students take the CPT/PERT?

Please refer to the Quick Guide for EAP and Course Placement in Appendix F.




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