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MTELP - Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency

Assessment Information

If you are like most people who decide to attend college, you probably have quite a few questions and concerns as you begin your education. We have designed a Success Seminar for new students to answer your questions and help you begin a successful educational experience. This Success Seminar takes place in two sections - an MTELP and an information session with a counselor.

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 COMPASS 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 documentation of ACT scores showing 22 or higher on the English subtest.
  • Have documentation of an SAT critical reading/verbal score of 450 or higher.
  • 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.

MTELP Brochure