University of Southern Indiana

Placement and Assessment

Placement
A CaMLA placement test in addition to in-house writing section will be administered to every new student to determine the appropriate level of instruction.

During the first week of class, instructors may make recommendations for placement adjustment based on a student's performance in classes. 

At the end of each session, students in levels 4 and 6 will take the itpTOEFL tests to measure the students readiness to continue to the more academic subset of the program at level 4 or to complete the IEP at level 6.

If a student is dissatisfied with the initial placement, he or she will talk to the Director of the IEP. The Director will discuss the issue with the student and if necessary conduct an unofficial Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) process. First, the student will answer some basic information questions, listing of words, and responses to questions related to a visual. Then he/she will be asked to do some description and/or narration in the past, present and future. Finally, he/she will respond to a prompt asking him/her to give his/her opinion on a current topic. Also, the Director will consult recommendations from the teachers of the relevant level.

Assessment
Assessment is formative and includes projects, quizzes, mid-term and final exams, as well as participation and homework. Generally, if a student fails one class within a level, he or she will need to repeat the whole level. However, there is a level promotion policy that IEP teachers apply when determining if a student is ready to be promoted to the next level. 

Students graduating from the Intensive English Program will receive a certificate of completion and will be able to pursue their future interests.

Exceptions will be considered case by case.

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