Lincoln English Language Assessment (LELA)

What is the LELA

The ‘Lincoln English Language Assessment’ (LELA) is designed to help students at the University of Lincoln whose first language is not English.
This one-hour assessment will help us recommend the right level of in-sessional courses for you (Upper-intermediate or Advanced).
The LELA  has 3 sections:  Integrated Reading & Writing, Grammar and Listening.

Previous student feedback shows that students prefer to be in classes with peers of a similar level, so this is why all students who wish to attend in-sessional courses are required to take this assessment.

There is no need to worry, it is not a pass or fail assessment and there is absolutely no need to study or revise beforehand.

Online LELA sessions

  • Tuesday 7 December 2021 – 14:00-15:30 (UK time)
  • Thursday 9 December 2021 – 11:00-12:30 (UK time)

If you are unable to join any of the above dates then please select this option on the registration form and we will add you to a waiting list.

 Frequently Asked Questions about the LELA

We know you will probably have lots of questions about the LELA, so we have provided a list of questions and answers to help you below.

Yes, this is part of the registration process.

You cannot attend the courses or workshops until you have taken the LELA.
You will receive an email (to your student email account) with your results and Individual Learning Plan (ILP).
You will receive this within 4 days of completing the assessment.

Your ILP will tell you which classes will help you most, and which level of class you should register for.
Yes, all students that want to attend our courses and workshops must take the LELA.

Students who haven't taken the LELA will not be permitted to attend classes.
No, you only need to take the LELA once.
Retaking the LELA again will help us assess whether you should continue at the same level of course, or progress to the next level.

To retake the LELA:
  • You must be a returning student
  • Your previous assessment result must be intermediate or upper intermediate
  • Your previous LELA result must be at least one year old
  • Questions

    If you have a question that is not answered here, please email and we will help you.