Testing and Placement

Testing and Placement

All students take a placement test upon their arrival to Mercyhurst University.  This placement test evaluates each student’s abilities in English listening, composition, grammar and reading.  Students are also interviewed by program staff to test their English speaking level.  Results of the test and interview are used to place each student into his or her best course level.

Level 1:  Beginning level for students with a basic knowledge of written and spoken English.  Students complete Sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Level 2:  Second level for students who have a basic understanding of written English, but need to build           their speaking skills.  Students complete Sessions 2, 3 and 4.

Level 3:  Intermediate level for students who can understand spoken English and can read most English, but need help with writing and/or grammar.  Students complete Sessions 3 and 4.

Level 4:  Advanced level for students who are proficient in English writing and grammar, but who need to become more fluent in English speaking.  Students complete Session 4.

The Mercyhurst Intensive English Summer Program is intended for students who are ready for Level 4.  Students may enroll in Mercyhurst summer term courses as well as the Intensive English Program.

The Academic Year Program is for students who qualify for Level 1, 2, 3 or 4.  Students who complete level 4 may enroll in Mercyhurst summer term courses.  Credits earned in Mercyhurst summer courses can be applied toward a Mercyhurst University degree.   Credits will also be transferred to other American colleges and universities.



Civil War photo exhibit
Photographs of the American Civil War

Dates: Jun 12-Aug 1, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery