At the end of each term, students take the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) test. The MELAB is an advanced-level battery of English language proficiency and tests adult nonnative speakers of English who will need to use English for academic purposes at the college and university level. It is mainly for students applying to universities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, where the language of instruction is English. The MELAB consists of four sections: writing, listening, grammar/cloze/vocabulary/reading (GCVR), and an optional speaking test. The English Language Program does not administer the optional speaking test.
If the student obtains a score that meets the university’s language proficiency requirement, they matriculate the following term. If the student does not meet the university language proficiency requirement, they will be placed into an appropriate level ELP course. The ELP staff follow the ELP Level Advancement Rubric to place the student into an appropriate level.
Students who maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in their coursework; sufficiently increase their score on the post-test; and are given the recommendation by their instructor(s), are promoted to the next level in accordance with the ELP Level Advancement Rubric.