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English Placement Testing

For students who have not met our English proficiency requirement, VIU offers its own English Placement Test as a measurement of proficiency. Tests are scheduled prior to the beginning of each semester and are held in the Testing Center in the Village Drive building. Schedule your appointment in person by visiting the Admissions Office (also located in the Village Drive building).

Learn more about the English Placement Test by browsing the frequently asked questions below:

What are the components of VIU's English Placement Test?

The VIU English Placement Test is a general language test that determines your English proficiency level. It includes three parts: an essay (30 minutes); a computer-based multiple-choice test of grammar, vocabulary, and reading skills (60 minutes); and a short interview (10-15 minutes).

Who can take the English Placement Test at VIU?

If you come to VIU to study English, you must take our placement test. The test will determine which level of our intensive ESL program is the right fit for you.VIU’s 7-week ESL program for second language English learners offers instruction at six levels of proficiency from → Level 300 (Beginner) to level 800 (Advanced).

How long does the test take?

The test takes about three hours and is given by appointment only. Waiting times vary. Please remember that registration, academic advising, and course selection will be completed immediately after the test.
You should be present at the Village Drive building at least 20 minutes before the test starts. If you arrive after the test begins, the test proctor may ask you to reschedule your test.

How much does the test cost?

Our English Placement Test fee is $30. The fee may be paid in our Accounting Office with cash, credit card, or money order. It is recommended that you complete payment at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.

How can I schedule an appointment?

Our test schedule opens one month before the semester start date. To schedule an appointment, please check in with the Admissions Office at Virginia International University located at at 4401 Village Drive Fairfax, VA 22030. You must schedule your appointment in person. Appointments will not be scheduled via email or over the phone.
For more information on scheduling a placement test, please contact the Admissions Office. We are happy to assist you!

Tel: (703) 591-7042
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How can I cancel or reschedule an appointment?

Please note that the placement test fee is non-refundable and you must be present at Village Drive building to take the test. If you have an existing appointment that you cannot attend, contact the Admissions Office at your earliest convenience to change your appointment time. (You do not have to pay the testing fee again to reschedule your test.)