2.3 English Language Assessment

Some individuals may be required to take an English language assessment as part of their application to PathwayConnect. Individuals will answer a series of screening questions as part of their application, which will determine their need to take the test.

The purpose of this assessment is to determine if applicants understand the English language well enough to be successful in the program, and which version of the program they qualify for — Standard version (for students who are proficient in English) or L version (for students with intermediate-low English proficiency).

2.3.1 Administering the Assessment

An English language assessment is administered online as part of a student’s application to PathwayConnect.

2.3.2 Period of Validity

Students who have previously participated in PathwayConnect and are returning do not need to retest.

2.3.3 Retaking the Assessment

Individuals who take the assessment and do not receive a score sufficient to enter the program may retest. However, they must wait at least two months from the date they last took the assessment. Scores from individuals who retest before the two-month waiting period will not be accepted.

2.3.4 Deaf Students

A deaf applicant who is flagged to take an English language assessment and is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) is only required to take the reading portion of the assessment for admittance. A deaf applicant who is not fluent in ASL is not eligible to participate in PathwayConnect. For more information, contact BYU-Idaho Disability Services at disabilityservices@byui.edu or 208-496-9210.