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ESL Assessment

An ESL Placement Test may be required for students applying to PGASE - English Language Studies (ESL) at Sheridan.

The ESL test consists of 3 components: Listening, Reading Comprehension and Cloze test, and Writing:

Test component

Test details


Time limit

Listening comprehension

This computer based placement test measures the student’s ability to understand spoken English. The test is composed of two parts. In Part One, the student will hear 3 dialogues and Part Two consists of 2 longer listening passages. Each passage is followed by questions and a choice of numbers. The student will use a paper Answer sheet to indicate their answer.

30 minutes

Reading comprehension and Cloze test

This paper based test will measure the student’s proficiency in understanding written English. It is composed of three reading passages, each followed by questions.

The cloze test is a text with blanks to fill in. The student will choose their answer from the list of words.

50 minutes

Writing essay

This is a paper based writing assessment and the student will be able to choose one of two topics to write about.

30 minutes


Scheduling an appointment:

What to bring:

  • In order to take the ESL test, the student needs a letter or an email from the Admissions department or the International Centre.
  • Test fee - $30 paid by debit at the time of the test (except for the international students who have paid their tuition fees)
  • Government issued photo ID
  • Pens, pencils, eraser

Obtaining your results:

Students are usually contacted by the Admissions department with their results.  If the student not been contacted within 2 weeks, they may email: