Welcome to ESL3100

Course Work

This is a self-study course which culminates in a standardized proficiency test.

In preparation for the proficiency test you may:

  • Individual Practice
    Students use this course website to practice listening, reading, writing and speaking, and learn more about good test-taking strategies.
  • Practice Test
    Students may take a full practice test online. Students who take the test before the eighth week of the session will receive a feedback report which will give an idea of their level and areas of weakness in writing and speaking. These reports will be available 5 business days after the student takes the test.
  • Additional Speaking Practice
    Students seeking opportunities to practice speaking with others may take advantage of OLBI’s Conversation Groups. More information is available at https://olbi.uottawa.ca/resources/students under the heading OLBI Mentoring Center.


Important Dates

Access to the Practice Test – as of January 30, 2017.

Deadline to take practice test and receive feedback – March 5, 2017

Final Exam – Saturday, April 1, 2017 and Sunday, April 2, 2017

Important Information about the Final Exam

Exam Dates and Locations

Listening, Reading and Writing Test
Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 9 am to 1 pm

Speaking Test
Sunday, April 2, 2017 between 9 am and 6 pm
Time:  Individual interviews will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Individual interview times will be emailed to each student.


Description of the Final Exam

Listening Test

The listening test consists of four to six recorded listening passages which you will hear twice. The test questions are all multiple-choice and are printed in your test booklet. You will mark your answers on a computer-readable “bubble” sheet. The test includes between 30 and 40 questions and lasts approximately 60-90 minutes.

Reading Test

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