Placement Tests for WCOM (formerly CESL) Courses

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

There is no placement test for WCOM 295 formerly  CESL 299.

There is no placement test for WCOM 250 formerly 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 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 90 minutes 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.

Placement Test for WCOM ESL - Dates and Registration Links

Date Time (Montreal time zone is eastern standard time: GMT-5) Registration Link

All placement tests will be conducted online. After completing the text, there may be an additional brief interview as part of the process.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 12:00 am to 01:30 pm Registration - Closed
Friday, January 6, 2023 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Registration - Closed
Thursday, January 12, 2023 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Registration - Closed

Please note that the course placement tests are held online.  Please register for one of the placement tests listed above.  Closer to the date you will be sent the link to connect you to the placement test.


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

Link: mehdi.babaei [at] (subject: Request%20an%20Advising%20Session) (request an advising session)


Graduate Students

  • Graduate courses do not require placement tests.
  • Under certain conditions, a graduate student may take an undergraduate course; 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 245 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.

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