Proficiency Assessment

Proficiency Assessment for Admission

Departments may request additional proficiency assessments for incoming students to determine whether a student meets the English proficiency requirement of the University of Connecticut.

In order to expedite screening, a student should provide scores from the following tests to serve as a baseline assessment:

  • TOEFL
  • IELTS
  • Duolingo

If a student has an English language proficiency measure not included in the list above, please contact the UCAELI Associate Director, Jeannie Slayton at jeannie.slayton@uconn.edu.

The UCAELI assessment will include an interview, which may be completed in person or online through Zoom, and a timed writing task. Students will receive an oral interview proficiency score (comprised of spoken production, spoken interaction, quality of language, listening comprehension, and strategy compensation CEFR scores), and a written production proficiency score. Based on the CEFR English Proficiency scores, the outcome of the Proficiency Assessment will provide a determination of whether or not the student meets the requirements for English proficiency. UCAELI defines minimal academic proficiency as a CEFR B2 and full academic proficiency as a CEFR C1. CEFR scores that are lower than B2 do not meet the requirements for academic proficiency.

The completed Proficiency Assessment form can be used for admissions purposes at the University of Connecticut and will be forwarded to the Graduate School.

Proficiency Assessment for Teaching Assistants

For departments who prefer to have their candidates or newly admitted students screened for Teaching Assistant eligibility prior to the Microteaching Test, the Proficiency Assessment is an option. The Proficiency Assessment for Teaching Assistants requires the student to prepare to explain a topic in their field for 5 minutes. The interviewer will ask questions and also ask the student to explain an additional introductory topic (suitable for undergraduates in an introductory course). The student’s language proficiency will be scored using the CEFR/EAQUALs Proficiency scale and the student must reach at least a B2+ in all skill areas in order to be cleared to teach.

If the student does not demonstrate the minimum proficiency, a language support course will be recommended. Students will need to complete an English course before registering for another screening or microteaching test in the future.

Detailed feedback will be provided to the student and the department contact.

There is a $45 registration fee for the UCAELI Proficiency Assessment. Departments interested in pursuing the UCAELI Proficiency Assessment for a student should complete a request form.