Screening Tests

ESL Credit Program

The English language screening tests are available to international students enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder. The purpose of the tests 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 tests.

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. This test is administered online.

Sample Writing Test
Writing Rubric


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

Speaking Test Schedule-Spring 2019

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.

Speaking Test Registration-Spring 2019

Engineering Students: Thursday, January 10, 2019, 3:30 pm

Engineering students can register online using the following link:

All Other Students: Thursday, January 10, 2019, 3:00 pm

All other students can register online using the following link:

Test Results

Students receive their test results within one week after taking the test. 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 (