What to expect

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

*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
Some useful links for practice

Don't forget

  • 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.

Does my program accept the ELE as proof of English?

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.

What score do I need on the ELE?

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.

How can I sign up for the ELE test?

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.

When can I write the ELE?

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.

How often can I write the ELE and can I sign up for more than one date at a time?

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.

I signed up for the ELE but need to cancel or reschedule. What do I do?

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.

There are a lot of times available to write the ELE test for my program. Does it matter when I write it?

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.

Is there a fee to take the ELE test?

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

I have already taken an English / Writing / Communications course at Fanshawe. Do I still have to write the ELE?

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).

Do other colleges and universities accept the ELE scores?

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.

I have already taken an English / Writing / Communications test at another college or university. Do I still have to write the ELE test?

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

Can I take the ELE test anywhere other than at the London Campus of Fanshawe College?

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.

What is the format of the ELE test?

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

Do I need to study for the ELE test?

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.

What should I bring to the ELE test?

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.

How exactly does the ELE test process work?

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.

I require accommodation to write the test. Who do I contact?

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

I've just taken the ELE test. Now what?

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.

How long will it take to receive my result?

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

Can I use the ELE to show proof of English for Immigration purposes?

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

I didn’t pass the ELE test. Can I use the ELE score to enter the EAP program?

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.

I am currently enrolled in the EAP program. Can I write the ELE?

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.

English is my first language. Do I still need to write the ELE?

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 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 p.m. in Room A2021. 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.

2020 test schedule: Room A2021

January

Thursday, Jan. 2*, 2020

Monday, Jan. 6, 2020

Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

February

Tuesday, Feb. 18*, 2020

March

Monday, Mar. 9, 2020

April

Monday, Apr. 27, 2020

May

Monday, May 11, 2020

Monday, May 25, 2020

June

Monday, June 1, 2020

Monday, June 22, 2020

July

Monday, July 13, 2020

Monday, July 27, 2020

August

Tuesday, Aug. 4*, 2020

Monday, Aug. 10, 2020

Monday, Aug. 17, 2020

Monday, Aug. 24, 2020

Thursday, Aug. 27*, 2020

September

Thursday, Sept. 3*, 2020

Tuesday, Sept. 8*, 2020

Monday, Sept. 21, 2020

October

Monday, Oct. 5, 2020

Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

November

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

Monday, Nov. 23, 2020

December

Monday, Dec. 7, 2020

Monday, Dec. 21, 2020

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