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ESL Academy

Placement & Promotion

At the time of application, some students who currently live in Denver will be invited to the ESL Academy to take a placement exam. Some students who live outside of Denver will be invited to interview with the Director using Skype. Pretesting allows for ESL Academy staff to determine if a seat is available for the term in which the prospective student wants to enroll.

Most students take the complete placement test during the orientation program ​prior to the start of classes and are placed in an appropriate level according to the results. At the end of each 8-week term, students take final exams in each skill area. Promotion to the next level is based on a combination of three factors: grades, teacher recommendations, and test scores.


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