The Applied Language Institute

English Placement Tests

preparing to take a test

The Applied Language Institute tests all new students at UMKC, including students that are admitted to intensive English classes and degree-seeking students with a TOEFL score below 600 (pBT)/100 (iBT) or an IELTS score below 6.5.

Intensive English Students

All intensive English students must take an English placement test before classes start in order to determine what level of English classes each student should take. Students should report to school on the Monday before their classes start in order to arrange the placement test and complete all required steps for registration before their classes start. (For example, if your classes begin on August 23rd, you must report to the ALI office seven days earlier, on August 16th.)

The English placement test has three parts: a 45-minute multiple-choice reading exam, a 30-minute writing exam, and a 15-minute interview. After the test, please plan to return to the ALI office for a 30-minute advising appointment, when you will receive your test results and level placement. Please be aware that when many students are testing, you may have to schedule the interview and advising appointment separately from the reading and writing tests.

The test is offered at the following times on most days (Monday through Thursday) during the year. Please call before you come to be sure the test is offered at the day and time you plan to come to the ALI office.

  • During January, May, and August breaks: 9:00am and 11:00am
  • During the academic semester: 9:30am and 12:30pm
  • There is no testing on federal holidays, ISAO orientation days, or during the break in December.

Degree-seeking Students

Degree-seeking students will take one of three tests, depending on their TOEFL or IELTS score:

Conditionally admitted students (students with no TOEFL or IELTS score, or with TOEFL or IELTS scores below the minimum required for full admission) will take the same test as intensive English students.

Fully admitted students with TOEFL scores between 500 (pBT) / 61 (iBT) and 576 (pBT) / 89 (iBT) or IELTS scores above 5.5 but below 6.5 will take a 45-minute reading comprehension exam about an academic subject, a 30-minute writing exam on an academic writing prompt, and a 15-minute interview.

Fully admitted students with TOEFL scores at or above 577 (pBT) / 90 (iBT) but below 600 (pBT) / 100 (iBT) will take a 30-minute academic writing test.

Degree-seeking students are encouraged to take the test on the morning after ISAO orientation. One or more classes might be recommended based on the results of your placement test. The ALI will work with your degree advisor to plan a schedule to ensure your success in English and degree classes. Please see ISAO’s FYI website or the UMKC catalog for more information about required English proficiency tests and policies.

Contact Info

Applied Language Institute
5301 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816.235.1233
Fax: 816.235.5437
Hours: Monday – Friday,
8 am – 4 pm