International Exchange – Language Testing

Students who are applying for an international exchange may take a test to demonstrate their level of proficiency in English or French. The fee for this tests is $50.00.

For alternate means of demonstrating proficiency please see the eligibility requirements on the International Office web page .

Note: Some host institutions provide a specific language proficiency form which must be filled-out as part of the application. These forms usually require a more in-depth report about the student’s proficiency level. If a student has one of these forms to be completed, they should first try to find a professor who has taught them in their second language to complete the form. If the student is unable to find a professor to complete the form, the student may register for four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) testing with Language Testing Services. The fee for this test is $100.00. Please contact Language Testing Services at L2test@uOttawa.ca if you require four skills testing.

Description of the Test

This test includes the following:

  • Three listening passages which consist of a recorded conversation or lecture and multiple-choice questions related to the recording. You will hear the recording twice.
  • Three reading passages which consist of a text which you must read and multiple-choice questions related to the text.
  • One fill-in the-blank activity which consists of a passage in which words have been deleted. You must choose, from the multiple-choice options, the words that best fit the blanks.

Test-takers must allow 90 minutes to write the test, but may finish more quickly.

Accessing the Test
To demonstrate English proficiency
  1. Follow the login steps outlined on the uOLangTest Portal .
  2. After you login, find Échange/Exchange – Test d’anglais in the Available Tests list.
  3. Click on the Request Access button next to the test title.
  4. When the pop-up appears, click on the payment link. This will open uOttawa’s General Store in a new window.
  5. Pay for the test using a credit card. 
    Note: if someone else pays for your test, make sure they type your name in the Details section of the payment form.
  6. Close the General Store window.
  7. Back in the XpressLab window, click the Request Access button in the pop-up.
  8. Wait to receive an email granting access to the test. Please allow up to two business days for your request and payment to be processed.
  9. When you have enough time to write the test (90 minutes), log back in. Follow the login steps outlined on the uOLangTest Portal .
  10. Write the test and view your results immediately after submitting the test.

To demonstrate French proficiency
  1. Follow the login steps outlined on the uOLangTest Portal .
  2. After you login, find Échange/Exchange – French Test in the Available Tests list.
  3. Click on the Request Access button next to the test title.
  4. When the pop-up appears, click on the payment link. This will open uOttawa’s General Store in a new window.
  5. Pay for the test using a credit card. 
    Note: if someone else pays for your test, make sure they type your name in the Details section of the payment form.
  6. Close the General Store window.
  7. Back in the XpressLab window, click the Request Access button in the pop-up.
  8. Wait to receive an email granting access to the test. Please allow up to two business days for your request and payment to be processed.
  9. When you have enough time to write the test (90 minutes), log back in. Follow the login steps outlined on the uOLangTest Portal .
  10. Write the test and view your results immediately after submitting the test.

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