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Placement Tests

Before students can begin to study in one of Dalhousie’s EAP courses, we have to know their level of English.

If students already have an IELTS, TOEFL or other test score (CAEL, CanTest, MELAB, TOEIC), this can be used for placement in a course. You will send these scores to us when you register.
If students do not have an IELTS, TOEFL or other test score (CAEL, CanTest, MELAB, TOEIC), they must sit an EAP Placement Test.

Score Equivalencies

6.5 90
6.0 80-89
5.5 71-79
5.0 61-70
4.5 51-60
4.0 41-50

About the EAP Placement Test

The EAP Placement Test is to assess a student for entrance into an ESL program at Dalhousie University. The placement test assesses reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary and the use of that knowledge to understand meaning in communication.

Test Format

The test is approximately 2 hours long and is completed on a computer.



EAP Placement Test Dates

April 12, 2018
May 10, 2018
June 7, 2018
July 5, 2018
Aug 23, 2018
Sept 6, 2018
Oct 4, 2018
Nov 8, 2018
Dec 6, 2018


Sign In and payment of test fee: 9:00 am
Test : 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Test begins promptly at 9:30 am. If students arrive after 9:30 they will not be admitted into the testing lab.
Please Note: Students are strongly encouraged to choose from the test dates provided. Under special conditions a separate test may be arranged.
If you have questions concerning the test, contact Dalhousie ESL for more information.

Dalhousie English Test

A special placement test may also be written to gain entrance to Dalhousie University's  graduate programs.

Can you answer yes to either of the following statements?

  1. I have an IELTS or TOEFL test result that is very close to the required score for entrance into my Dalhousie academic program and I think I can do better.
  2. I do not have an IELTS or TEOFL test result but I think my English is at the level required by my Dalhousie academic program.

Next Step:

Contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies at graduate.studies@dal.ca or your departmental graduate coordinator to ensure you are eligible to take the test.

For further details: esl@dal.ca