Placement Tests for CESL Courses

Placement tests are required for admission to most undergraduate CESL courses, but not for any graduate CESL courses. Graduate students wishing to take an undergraduate CESL course should refer to the "Graduate Students" section below.

There is no placement test for CESL 299.

There is no placement test for CEAP 250.

Taking the placement test does not guarantee a place in a course. Registration for courses is on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the Test

The purpose of the test is to ensure that you take the CESL course that is most appropriate for you and from which you can get the most benefit. There is no need to study for the test and no reason to misrepresent your ability. The test takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete. You will receive the results of your placement test by email within several days. Once you receive the results, you can register for the indicated course immediately.

Schedule and Registration

You will need your McGill user ID/email and password to register for the test.

CESL Course Placement Test Dates and Registration Links

Date Time Registration Link
Monday, August 26, 2019 2:30pm-4pm Registration
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 10am-11:30am Registration
Thursday, August 29, 2019 2:30pm-4pm Registration
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 2:30pm-4pm Registration
Thursday, September 5, 2019 10am-11:30am Registration
Friday, September 6, 2019 10am-11:30am Registration
Monday, September 9, 2019 10am-11:30am Registration
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 2:30pm-4pm Registration

Please note that the CESL course placement tests above are located in the McGill Writing Centre.  The McGill Writing Centre is located in Room 02 of the Redpath Library on McGill University's lower campus.


If you have taken the placement test and you have any questions or concerns about your placement or about CESL courses, you may speak with an advisor. Advising sessions are optional and are normally by appointment. 

Link: request an advising session


Graduate Students

  • CESL graduate courses do not require placement tests.
  • Under certain conditions, a graduate student may take an undergraduate course (either CESL or CEAP); in this case, a placement test is required. Following completion of the test, a permit will be issued.  This permit is required for course registration on Minerva.

Undergraduate courses at the 400 level and below also require permission from the student’s department (usually from the supervisor). Students are advised to take the placement test before seeking permission, as the test will demonstrate need.