What to expect

*NOTE - The fee to write the ELE test is non-refundable. Please do not sign up or pay until you are sure it is required of you to write it. Payment is made in the Registrar's Office, E1012 (credit and debit only) .

How long is the test? What kind of questions are on the test?

The test takes approximately three and a half hours to write and there are four parts to it:

  1. Listening comprehension
    • Fill in the blanks
    • Multiple-choice comprehension questions
    • Written summary of a passage that you hear
  2. Grammar skills
    • Multiple-choice questions
  3. Reading comprehension
    • Two short articles
      • Multiple-choice questions
      • Short answer questions
      • Vocabulary questions
  4. Writing
    • One-page (250-word) essay on a given topic

  • Arrive on time for the test.
  • Email eli@fanshawec.ca 24 hours in advance to cancel or re-schedule the test.
  • Your results will be emailed to you within a week of writing the test.

General questions

If you have any additional questions about the ELE, please contact us.

You need to check the program admission requirements. Search for your program on the Fanshawe College website (https://www.fanshawec.ca/), click on admission requirements and scroll down to English Language Requirements. If the ELE is accepted, the minimum score will be stated.

You need to check the program admission requirements. Search for your program on the Fanshawe College website, click on admission requirements and scroll down to English Language Requirements. If the ELE is accepted, the minimum scores will be stated.

The required score must be achieved in EACH skill; it is not an average across skills.

Send an email to the English Language Institute (ELI) at eli@fanshawec.ca. You will receive an automatic reply. Respond to that email with the information requested. You will then receive a confirmation email within 48 hours. After you are registered, follow the other instructions in the email to pay for your exam.

Dates are listed on the ELE webpage and on this page (below this section). There are usually a couple per month and more dates closer to program admission dates. Do not leave writing the test to the last minute just in case you aren't successful on your first attempt.

You can write the ELE 1 time per calendar month.

You can only register for one exam at a time as it is important to wait for your results. The scores will help you determine the length of time needed to improve your skills to the required levels.

Please email the ELI at eli@fanshawec.ca to cancel or reschedule and include the new date that you wish to write. There are only a limited number of spots for each exam so we can release that seat for someone else.

It is better to write sooner than later. This gives you a chance to rewrite again if needed after improving your language skills. Results of the ELE are valid for 2 years.

Yes, there is a $60 non-refundable fee. Please make sure you need to take the ELE before you register and pay.

This depends. If you have taken EAP at Fanshawe, and you have completed the requirements for an exit level, this should fulfil your language condition.

If you are currently taking a post-secondary program, you will need to check the requirements for the other program you want to take. This can be done from the Fanshawe College website by searching the program name and then clicking on Admission Requirements.

The admission requirements will also list the required scores for standardized tests such as IELTS, CAEL and TOEFL etc. If you have valid scores from one of the specified tests, you don't need to take the ELE.

If you are still unsure, please set up a meeting with Advising in the Registrar's Office (E1012), the International Centre (E2025) or one of the ELI Coordinators (A2003).

No, the ELE is only accepted at Fanshawe College. It is a test created by the ELI to assist students in fulfilling their language requirements without having to take other standardized tests.

For any type of transfer credit, you will need to talk to Admissions through the Registrar's Office or the International Centre.

Tests are run through the Testing Centre at the London Campus. If it is not possible for you to write at the London Campus, please contact your local Regional Campus.

There are 4 parts to the test: Listening, Reading, Writing and Grammar. For more information about what to expect, please check the website.

The ELE is a proficiency test and assesses your skills at the time that you write it. You do not need to study anything specific but you can work on improving your academic English skills in general. Some useful links for practice: www.TED.com, www.CBC.ca, and www.readtheory.org.

You need to bring photo identification and the application form with your receipt of payment. Nothing else is required and you will not be able to use any aids or devices during the test.

First you need to register for the test by emailing eli@fanshawec.ca. Once you have received your confirmation email, pay your $60 fee in the Office of the Registrar. Then you take the test on the specified date. Within a week of writing your test, you will receive your results by email. Your results will also be sent directly to Admission, the Office of the Registrar and the International Centre to be added to your file.

You can contact an ELI coordinator at eli@fanshawec.ca to discuss the necessary accommodations.

You will receive your results by email within a week of writing the test. Your results will also be sent directly to Admission, the Office of the Registrar and the International Centre to be added to your file.

You will receive your results by email within a week of writing the test.

No, the ELE is only to show proficiency for Fanshawe College programs.

No, the ELE isn't a placement test. It is necessary to take the thorough diagnostic placement test administered by the English Language Institute to determine the best EAP starting level.

Yes, anyone can write the ELE. However, unless you are currently a Level 8 student, getting close to 80%, it is not likely that you would pass the ELE with the marks required to start your program.

If you do pass the ELE, you must check your original Letter of Admission. If your Letter of Admission is conditional upon the completion of EAP, you will need to reapply asking for a new condition - a pass on the ELE. Reapplying could mean you would lose your spot if the program is full.

If you have a Letter of Admission, check the requirements on your offer. If proof of English proficiency is required, it will be stated in your letter. The ELE is one of a number of option to fulfil that condition.

If you have not applied for a program yet, you can review your transcripts with Admissions in the Office of the Registrar or the International Centre. They will verify that you have the equivalent of Grade 12 English from an approved institution.

English Evaluation test schedule

All tests will take place in A2024 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Students should report with their receipt to the test room 30 minutes before the start of the test.

*Note: While most test days are on a Monday, some are held on other days.

February

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

March

Monday, Mar. 11, 2019

Monday, Mar. 25, 2019

April

Monday, Apr. 8, 2019

Monday, Apr. 29, 2019

May

Monday, May 6, 2019

Monday, May 27, 2019

June

Monday, June 3, 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019

July

Monday, July 22, 2019

August

Tuesday, Aug. 6*, 2019

Monday, Aug. 12, 2019

Monday, Aug. 19, 2019

Monday, Aug. 26, 2019

Wednesday, Aug. 28*, 2019

September

Thursday, Sept. 5*, 2019

Monday, Sept. 9, 2019

Monday, Sept. 23, 2019

October

Tuesday, Oct. 15*, 2019

Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

November

Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

Monday, Nov. 25, 2019

December

Monday, Dec. 2, 2019

Monday, Dec. 23, 2019