ESL English Placement Test (ESL ENPT)

The ESL English Placement Test (ESL ENPT) is ONLY for international or immigrant students whose first language is not English and who do not have current TOEFL iBT, IELTS, SAT, or ACT scores.

Placement Criteria

Is English Your Native Language? ACT/SAT Scores TOEFL/IELTS Writing Subscores English Placement Test Required?
Yes --- --- No: Contact your academic advisor
No Yes Yes No, go to ESL Placement Guide to find your writing placement
No No No Yes: Complete ESL ENPT

If you are a native speaker of English, please contact your academic advisor for assistance or visit English Composition Program for your English writing requirements.

If you have taken TOEFL iBT, IELTS, SAT or ACT, you do NOT need to take this test. You will be placed into ESL/English classes based on your test score following the Undergraduate Placement Guide.

If you are an international student and have taken both TOEFL iBT / IELTS and SAT / ACT, you do not need to take the test. You will be placed into ESL classes based on the highest score you have received from the above tests following the Undergraduate Placement Guide.

Registration - What Do I Need To Do To Take The ESL ENPT?

The ESL English Placement Test is facilitated via Blackboard and is available year round. Please contact CESL Testing Office via email to register for the English Placement Tests. In your email, please include the following:

  1. Your full name
  2. M number
  3. Username (6+2)
  4. Your College/Department
  5. The test(s) you need: ESL ENPT

How To Access Blackboard and ESL ENPT

1. Go to and login.

2. You will see UC12_benedems_001: ESL English Placement Test on the left side column under "My Courses."

3. Click the link and skip to #6

4. If not, click the Courses tab on top.

5. Enter "ESL English Placement Test" in the Course Search Box.

6. Click on UC12_benedems_001.

7. Follow the instructions on "Welcome" page.


Once you are admitted to the University of Cincinnati, you will be given access to the Blackboard website. If you do not have Blackboard access, please contact your academic advisor.


To Advisors;

Since students cannot self-enroll in the ESL ENPT page, please contact CESL Testing Office at to register for the test. In the email, please include student's full name, M-number, and usename.