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English Language Studies Placement Assessment

Take the first step and talk to the English Language Studies office

ELS staff can review your educational background and if needed, they can book an assessment at a later date to determine your placement level. Assessments are offered at the Abbotsford campus. Email to discuss your options.


Find out your skill level

The ELS department uses a computerized placement assessment called Accuplacer™ to 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. 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.


Need practice before taking the assessment?

Check out the resources below to prepare yourself for the assessment.

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

Accuplacer™ Website

Accuplacer™ iPhone study app

My ELS 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 ELS 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
  •    Colombia

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