English Language Studies

English Language Studies Placement Assessment

The ELS department uses a computerized placement assessment called Accuplacerto measure English language proficiency. It is free to take the assessment. Your assessment score helps us place you at a course level that meets your English skills. 

Call or visit the ELS department to arrange a time to do the assessment.

The Accuplacer™ has three units: reading, writing, and listening.

Reading Comprehension

  • Answer 20 multiple-choice questions.
  • There is no time limit.
  • Accuplacer™ questions are based on your answers to previous questions, so each person doing the assessment will complete a different set of questions.


  • Write a 300-600 word essay on a topic given to you by the Accuplacer™ program.
  • There is a one-hour time limit to plan, write, review, and edit your writing.
  • Your score is NOT based on your opinions but on your ability to express, organize, and support your ideas.


  • Answer 22 multiple-choice questions.
  • There is no time limit.
  • You will be assessed on your ability to understand one or more people speaking English.

Prepare for the Accuplacer™

Do you need practice before taking the assessment?

Accuplacer™ Free Sample Questions for Students
Reading Comprehension - pages 4-7
Writing (WritePlacer®) - page 7

Accuplacer™ Website

Accuplacer™ iPhone study app


My ESL class was the first time for me to make friends in a new country. I got the chance to practice my English and learn new skills. UFV will be an unforgettable part of my life.

  • – Lin (Shirley) Jiang
  •    China


I moved to Abbotsford without any English at all. I became an ESL student at UFV and learned English from the basic level to the academic level. Academic courses gave me the opportunity to work toward my goals.

  • – Anatilde Cascavita
  •    Columbia

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