Screening Test

ESL Credit Program

The English language screening test is available to international students enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder. The purpose of the test is to assess students’ academic English proficiency and to determine whether students are ready for university-level work. All international students, both graduate and undergraduate level, should check with their college or department about testing requirements. Working professionals and community members who are not degree students are not required to take the test.

Speaking Test

International students who will be TAs or RAs may be required to take only the speaking component of the test. This test procedure includes a short interview with two evaluators. Students will be asked a series of questions and will be evaluated in real-time on their speaking competence and overall comprehensibility. Each evaluator independently rates the students using a speaking and pronunciation rubric.

Sample Speaking Test
Speaking and Pronunciation Rubric

Writing Test

International students in some departments are required to take the writing component of the test. For this test, students have 60 minutes to read an article, write a summary, and write a response. Two evaluators independently rate the students using a reading and writing rubric.

Sample Writing Test
Writing Rubric


International students in the College of Music must take both the speaking and writing components of the screening test.

Testing Schedule – Spring 2017

The speaking component of the English Language Screening Test will take place at the International English Center, 1030 13th Street, in Boulder. Registration dates, times, and instructions are below.

Test Registration - Spring 2017

Engineering Students: Thursday, January 19, 2017, 3:30pm

Engineering students can register online using the following link:

All Other Students: Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 3:30pm

All other students can register online using the following link:

Make-up Test (All Students): Thursday, January 19, 2017, 3:30pm


Test Results

Students receive their test results on or before the day of the International Student orientation. Test results will indicate which, if any, courses are recommended or required. Advisers with specific concerns about a student’s assessment should contact Ruth Moore (