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Placement and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Initial Placement

Ivy uses the CaMLA English Placement Test (EPT), which is designed to quickly and reliably place ESL students into homogeneous ability levels, to place students into one of Ivy programs.  During new student orientation, each new student should take the EPT test to determine his/her English proficiency level and initial placement. It measures the following key skill areas: listening comprehension, grammatical knowledge, vocabulary range, and reading comprehension.  Meeting with an academic advisor is strongly recommended prior to determining student’s course of program and/or ESL level because Ivy will consider student’s academic and career goals in addition to placement test result.


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

All students are evaluated for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of each session.  Ivy determines a student’s SAP based on attendance (a quantitative measure) and GPA (a qualitative measure).  To fulfill the SAP requirements, each student must attend at least 80% of all classes in which he/she is enrolled and must achieve at least a C (or 70%) grade. 


ESL Level Advancement

ESL students are able to complete one ESL level per eight (8) week session.  However, slower learners are able to complete one ESL level within two eight-week sessions. Each passing student should meet 80% of the required performance standards of the target level. At the completion of each eight week session, students will receive formal reports noting their achievement. At the completion of two eight (8) week sessions, each ESL student must take our formal assessment test (EPT) to measure English proficiency gains and overall progress. Each ESL student must demonstrate his/her English proficiency advancement in the EPT scores.
For further information, please see Ivy's policy for progression of ESL levels.


Exit Performance Measurements

The CaMLA English Placement Test (EPT) is also administered upon an ESL student’s exit from Ivy, if the student has been enrolled at Ivy 16 weeks or more, in order to measure his/her overall progress in English proficiency while he/she studied at Ivy.  The student should notify the Ivy Office at least five (5) business days prior to leaving the town (Chicago area). 


 f.n. = Web update programs  (rev. Feb 2014;  summer 2013)