EAP Program Placement

Before you can begin to study in one of our EAP courses, we need to know your level of English

The EAP Placement Test is used to make sure every student is in the level where they will learn the most. Please enquire at els@dal.ca about our class placement equivalents. Registering for the EAP Placement Test takes place when you apply to the EAP Program. 

Four Possible Placements in the EAP Program

Each level is 12 weeks and 288 hours. The cost of tuition is $4,650. 24 class hours per week. 

EAP Foundations 1

This is a pre-intermediate course at the A2 level that is an introduction to English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

In this course students will:

  • develop their ability to understand and express themselves orally in formal and informal situations in the university context and understand short texts of a variety of styles and disciplines.
  • expand their general and specialized vocabulary and write accurate sentences and paragraphs.
  • develop these language skills and abilities while starting to explore the topics, practices and behaviours associated with academic success at university.

    CEFR Level A2 (What does this mean?)

    Length: 12 weeks
    Tuition Fee (text included): $4650
    Course Delivery Method: 
  • 100% online
  • Face-to-face on campus

Both delivery methods include synchronous and asynchronous content. Learn more about online and face-to-face delivery.

Course Materials: Course texts are included in the fee. They include digital course books as well as supplementary texts, and materials, including authentic materials for listening and reading. Audio-visual and multimedia material, such as videos, audio recordings, and web-based content is also used.

2021 2022 2023
Sept. 13 to Dec. 10, 2021 Jan. 5 to April 1, 2022 Jan. 3 to March 31, 2023
  April 11 to June 30, 2022 April 10 to June 30, 2023
  Sept. 12 to Dec. 9, 2022 Sept. 11 to Dec. 8, 2023

EAP Foundations 2

This is an intermediate-level course at the B1 level with a focus on building a solid foundation in English for academic purposes.

In this course students will:

  • learn to apply their English skills to academic tasks as they deepen their knowledge of English and develop their ability to use it in a university context;
  • be introduced to the research process and learn to write well-structured, accurate essays and other texts;
  • form strategies for reading and listening comprehension of short academic texts and lectures and improve their speaking abilities when discussing their area of study and other topics;
  • broaden their knowledge of the topics, practices and behaviours associated with academic success at university.

CEFR Level B1 (What does this mean?)

Length: 12 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included): $4650
Course Delivery Method: 

  • 100% online
  • Face-to-face on campus

Both delivery methods include synchronous and asynchronous content. Learn more about online and face-to-face delivery.

Course Materials: Course texts are included in the fee. They include digital course books as well as supplementary texts, and materials, including authentic materials for listening and reading. Audio-visual and multimedia material, such as videos, audio recordings, and web-based content is also used.


Dates:

2021 2022 2023
Sept. 13 to Dec. 10, 2021 Jan. 5 to April 1, 2022 Jan. 3 to March 31, 2023
  April 11 to June 30, 2022 April 10 to June 30, 2023
  Sept. 12 to Dec. 9, 2022 Sept. 11 to Dec. 8, 2023

EAP Level 1

This an upper-intermediate course at the B2 level in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), helping develop students’ listening, speaking, reading, writing, research and academic skills in preparation for study at university.

The course focuses on key spoken and written academic genres and provides learners with opportunities to:

  • develop a range of listening skills and strategies:
  • participate in various speaking situations in the academic context;
  • develop academic reading skills;
  • improve writing ability over a range of academic genres.

The course also includes instruction on research and library skills along with academic behaviour, such as time-management, study skills for effective independent learning and knowledge of academic integrity. CEFR Level B2 (What does this mean?)

Length: 12 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included): $4650
Course Delivery Method: 

  • 100% online
  • Face-to-face on campus

Both delivery methods include synchronous and asynchronous content. Learn more about online and face-to-face delivery.

Course Materials: Course texts are included in the fee. They include digital course books as well as supplementary texts, and materials, including authentic materials for listening and reading. Audio-visual and multimedia material, such as videos, audio recordings, and web-based content is also used.

Dates:

2021 2022 2023
Sept. 13 to Dec. 10, 2021 Jan. 5 to April 1, 2022 Jan. 3 to March 31, 2023
  April 11 to June 30, 2022 April 10 to June 30, 2023
  Sept. 12 to Dec. 9, 2022 Sept. 11 to Dec. 8, 2023

EAP Level 2

This C1 level course prepares students for undergraduate or graduate-level study in English.

It allows students to:

  • develop the ability to read effectively and comprehend high-level academic texts;
  • acquire a rich academic vocabulary;
  • apply listening and note-taking strategies to lectures on a variety of academic topics.

Writing and research skills and honed as students produce texts in several important written academic genres and develop speaking ability for presentations, discussions and debates. Students will have the opportunity to delve into the vocabulary and genres associated with their disciplines of study. Academic integrity, along with other academic behaviours, such as time-management, autonomous learning and collaboration, are also taught and practiced.CEFR Level C1 (What does this mean?)

EAP Level 2 Bridging Program

For students who have been conditionally accepted into certain programs at Dalhousie University, while students are enrolled in EAP Level 2, they are permitted to enroll as a special student at Dalhousie and take one undergraduate credit course at the same time. The credit course must take place outside of EAP 2 class hours. For more information or to enroll in the EAP Level 2 Bridging Program option, please send a message to els@dal.ca and/or indicate this option when registering for EAP 2.

Length: 12 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included): $4650
Course Delivery Method: 

  • 100% online
  • Face-to-face on campus

Both delivery methods include synchronous and asynchronous content. Learn more about online and face-to-face delivery.

Course Materials: Course texts are included in the fee. They include digital course books as well as supplementary texts, and materials, including authentic materials for listening and reading. Audio-visual and multimedia material, such as videos, audio recordings, and web-based content is also used.

Dates:

2021 2022 2023
Sept. 13 to Dec. 10, 2021 Jan. 5 to April 1, 2022  Jan. 3 to March 31, 2023
  April 11 to June 30, 2022 April 10 to June 30, 2023
  June 6 to August 26, 2022 June 5 to August 25, 2023
  Sept. 12 to Dec. 9, 2022 Sept. 11 to Dec. 8, 2023

If you have been placed in EAP Level 2 and wish to begin your degree program in September, you may be interested in our EAP 2 Academic Connections program beginning in July. Learn more. 

Intensive Summer EAP Courses

Each level is 8 weeks and 192 hours. The cost of tuition is $3,100. Class times consist of 24 hours per week.

EAP Foundations 1 Summer Special Course

CEFR Level A2+ (What does this mean?)

Length: 8 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included): $3,100
Class Times: The class times depend on your choice of online or face-to-face delivery. Learn more about online delivery here. 

July 12 to Sept. 3, 2021
July 11 to Sept. 2, 2022
July 10 to Sept. 1, 2023

EAP Foundations 2 Summer Special Course

CEFR Level B1+ (What does this mean?)

Length: 8 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included): $3,100
Class Times: The class times depend on your choice of online or face-to-face delivery. Learn more about online delivery here. 

July 12 to Sept. 3, 2021
July 11 to Sept. 2, 2022
July 10 to Sept. 1, 2023

EAP Level 1 Summer Special Course

CEFR Level B2+ (What does this mean?)

Length: 8 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included): $3,100
Class Times: The class times depend on your choice of online or face-to-face delivery. Learn more about online delivery here. 

July 12 to Sept. 3, 2021
July 11 to Sept. 2, 2022
July 10 to Sept. 1, 2023


Important Details

If you have an IELTS of 6.0 or TOEFL iBT of 80 or Pearson Academic score of 51 or CAEL CE 50, you will be placed directly into EAP Level 2.

A (pdf/jpeg) copy of your test report can be submitted anytime before the first day of class. Any standardized English exam test report is not acceptable once a student has been placed in a level in the EAP Program and the course has begun. 

If you don’t have an IELTS score of 6.0 or above OR a TOEFL score of 80 or above, you must write the Placement Test at Dalhousie to determine which level you will begin in. Registering for the EAP Placement Test takes place when you apply to the EAP Program. 

Applicants to Dalhousie Faculty of Graduate Studies who successfully complete ECLC UAP 500 with 80% or above can enter EAP Level 2 without taking an EAP Placement test.

EAP Level 2 Bridging Program

For students who have been conditionally accepted into certain programs at Dalhousie University, while students are enrolled in EAP Level 2, they are permitted to enroll as a special student at Dalhousie and take one undergraduate credit course at the same time. The credit course must take place outside of EAP 2 class hours. For more information or to enroll in the EAP Level 2 Bridging Program option, please send a message to els@dal.ca and/or indicate this option when registering for EAP 2.

EAP Placement Test Format

The test is approximately 2 hours long and is completed on a computer. There is also a short writing task or a 15-minute interview.

Your test scores and writing will be reviewed by an instructor and you will be placed into one of the 4 levels in the EAP Program. No moving of levels is permitted.

The placement test is very accurate. Ninety-nine percent of the time, this placement test places students into the level that is most appropriate for their current English language skills. However, on rare occasions, if the instructional team has observed that a student’s real skills and abilities do not correspond with the level they have been placed in, they have recommended a level change up or down to the Associated Director. The Associated Director's decision is final.

Once a student has been placed in a level in the EAP Program and the course has begun, they cannot use an IELTS or TOEFL test score to skip a level. The only way a student could use a test score in this way would be to present an IELTS 6.5 (for an undergraduate program) or IELTS 7.0 (for most of the graduate programs) and therefore gain full acceptance into their degree program and no longer have to finish the EAP Program if they choose to do so.

Low Scores

If you take the placement test and your score is too low to enter our lowest-level course (EAP Foundations 1), we will make arrangements for you to study at another language school in Halifax. The Dalhousie University EAP Program does not offer an A1 level course. This doesn’t affect very many students; fewer than 10 students per year find themselves in this situation.