Stratford provides a student-centered classroom environment that accommodates all learning styles
All incoming students must take a placement test to determine their initial level and their program entry point. The initial placement test includes listening, reading, and writing components. All testing must be on site, so students registering from overseas will not be placed into a class until they arrive. However, they can register for the program and obtain a student Visa.
The four tests provided are as follows:
- The ESL language use test measures a student’s proficiency in using correct grammar in English sentences.
- The ESL listening test measures the ability to listen to and understand one or more people speaking in English in an academic environment.
- The ESL reading skills test assesses student’s comprehension of short passages drawn from five content areas.
- The ESL sentence meaning test assesses the understanding of word meanings in one- or two-sentence contexts drawn from five content areas.
Students are assessed every 10 weeks to determine their language level. This frequent testing schedule permits to monitor progress and pace through the program. Testing takes place online as well as in the classroom and is included in the overall program costs. All tests are based on the materials studied in class, which are aligned with the C.E.F. international standards of teaching, learning, and assessing.
All tests are holistic in nature and randomly generated so students can re-test when necessary. Test scores include correction for guessing, items left blank, raw number of items answered correctly, and estimated percentage of items actually understood.