Preparing for your English-language proficiency (ELP) screening exam to be admitted to a visiting student program:
- 1. When should I request an ELP screening?
- All English-language proficiency screening exams must be scheduled prior to our Berkeley Global application deadlines.
- 2. How do I schedule a ELP screening?
- In your online application, you will need to select this option: "I would like to request an English Interview" for how you would like to satisfy your English proficiency requirement. From there, you will follow the on-screen instructions to book your screening exam. Students that have scheduled a screening without submitting their application will have their booking cancelled.
- 3. What does the ELP screening consist of?
- The screening will have 2 parts: a writing portion which takes approximately 30 minutes and a speaking portion which takes about 15 minutes. You should budget at least an hour of time to sit this exam over a stable Internet connection with the camera and microphone on.
- 4. What do I need to prepare for the exam?
- You will need to bring 2–3 sheets of writing paper, as well as a pen or pencil.
- 5. What are the technical requirements?
- You will need a computer or tablet with a functioning microphone and camera and a stable Internet connection. The software application used for the screening will be Zoom, which may be unavailable where you live. If this is the case, you may need to secure alternative means to join the call, such as a virtual private network (VPN).
- 6. What is the cancellation policy?
- You may cancel and reschedule your screening up until your intended program's application deadline. No exceptions will be made for late applicants.
- 7. What if I miss my appointment or need to reschedule?
- You may reschedule using the same link provided to book your initial appointment in the online application. Additionally, after scheduling your first appointment, you should have received a confirmation email with a link to reschedule or cancel. If you are unable to access either link to reschedule your screening, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 8. What if I do not pass the ELP screening? Can I still come to UC Berkeley?
- If you do not pass your English proficiency screening exam, you will need to meet the English-language requirement by an alternative method, such as submitting an accepted test score or qualifying for a waiver.
- 9. Can I take the ELP screening multiple times?
- Unfortunately, no. We do not allow students multiple attempts to pass the proficiency screening. You will need to explore other options, outlined here.
If you have any additional questions or concerns about visiting student program English proficiency requirements, please do not hesitate to email us at email@example.com.
Details subject to change.