MTELP - Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency

Assessment Information

F-1 students need to take an English assessment test (MTELP) in order to determine the program level for your I-20 and the classes you may take.  OCC is allowed to issue I-20's for language training (English as a Second Language) or associate degree programs.  After taking MTELP, you will be able to meet with a Counselor to help plan your program and schedule of classes.

 

What is MTELP?

MTELP is an assessment of grammar, vocabulary, and reading implemented at Oakland Community College for determining second language proficiency. YOU CANNOT FAIL THE MTELP. After completing this assessment, you will be better prepared to select classes in which you can be successful. If your results show a need for assistance in meeting academic requirements, we offer a variety of classes and support services. Students who may need readers, interpreters, or other special assistance should contact the Academic Support Coordinator.


Who Takes MTELP?

If English is not your primary language or if you grew up speaking English and another language, the MTELP is a more accurate placement for college classes. If your primary language is English, please refer to Acuplacer information.

You may be exempt from MTELP if you meet any one of  the following criteria and submit test scores no more than one year old:

  •  Have scored 38 or higher on the combined English and Reading sub-test of the ACT with a minimum of 18 in each section.  (2 year expiration date.)  
  •  Have evidence of completing a course equivalent to ENG 1510.
  • Have evidence of completing an associate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Have an exemption from taking MTELP and the ability to enroll in English 1510 because they have an official TOEFL score of: Internet-based – total score of 79 or higher with a writing score of 24 or higher; Computer-based – total score of 213 or higher with a writing score of 5.0 or higher; Paper-based – 550 or higher with a writing (TWE) score of 5.0 or higher. Official scores must be presented to the appropriate college personnel for the students to be exempt.
  • Have an exemption from taking MTELP and the ability to enroll in English 1510 because they have an official IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. Official scores must be presented to the appropriate college personnel for the students to be exempt.

A student can re-test on the MTELP if it has been one calendar year since the last MTELP and no OCC ESL courses have been taken, or if one calendar year has passed since the end of the semester in which the student was enrolled in an OCC ESL course. No currently enrolled students in OCC ESL courses can re-test. There is an assessment test in each ESL class the first day of instruction which serves as the appeal process. If a student scores between 15 and 24 on the MTELP, a counselor can authorize this student to take a writing sample for possible placement into the first level ESL credit classes.

Contact Information

Student services for all F-1 students are offered at:

Royal Oak Campus - Building B, Room 102
Phone (248) 246-2563

Our student services staff can assist you with admission and other general inquiries. Please send your questions to F-1.Advisor@oaklandcc.edu.

Since it may be difficult for you to drive to the Royal Oak Campus, we will try to meet your needs as much as possible through email and telephone. Please email your questions first and if an answer cannot be provided by email or telephone, we'll make an appointment.

Aside from assisting you with F-1 immigration regulation issues, we are able to direct you to resources both inside the college and in the community to make your stay in the U.S. more enjoyable and to meet your educational goals. We look forward to working with you!