DIALANG

What does DIALANG involve?

The DIALANG test has three parts:

  1. A placement test (10-15 minutes)
    This is used to choose a test which is not too easy or too difficult for you.
  2. A self assessment test (optional) (10-15 minutes)
    This encourages you to reflect on your own language skills, which helps you to learn more effectively. Later you will have an opportunity to compare your self-assessment with your actual test scores.
  3. Language tests
    • Listening (15-20 minutes)
    • Reading (15-20 minutes)
    • Writing (15-20 minutes)
    • Structure (15-20 minutes)
    • Vocabulary (15-20 minutes)

The whole test takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete. Alternatively, you can just do one or two parts of the test (e.g., Listening and Reading), save them and come back later to complete the other language skills another time.

Instructions

Follow these steps to take the DIALANG test

 
Step 1: Start the DIALANG program
Step 2: Choose your preferred language (e.g., 'Instructions in English') and then press (>) in the toolbar to continue.
Step 3: Choose 'English' and a language skill then press (>) in the toolbar to continue
Step 4: Complete the Placement test then press (>) in the toolbar to continue.

Step 5: Complete (>) or skip (>>) the Self-assessment questionnaire.

Step 6: Follow the instructions to complete the Language skills tests.

Results

After each section of the test you will receive your results (Level A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, or C2), feedback on your answers and advice for the next steps. It is a good idea to take a screenshot or photograph of your results and advice (or write them down) so you have a record.

What do the levels mean?

CEFR Level Explanation
C2/C1 At this level your English is probably good enough to cope with university study. However, it is important that you continue to develop your English during your studies.
B2/B1 At this level your English is probably NOT good enough to cope with university study. You should consider doing further English language study before enrolling at University.

How can I improve my English?

Local applicants

Find an English language course that suits you.

International applicants

Find an English language course that suits you.

Enrolled university students

If you are at level B1 or B2 but you can't do an English language course before enrolling at university, these options can help you improve your language skills while you are studying:

  • Enrol in one or two subjects instead of a full time load.
  • Complete the Unilang checklist to find out what communication skills you need at uni and how to improve your weak points.
  • Make use of the English language support available to you at La Trobe.

If you are at level C1 or C2, you can: