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Basic English Self-Placement Instrument (BESPI)

Beginning August 10, 2020, Miami Dade College is administering the Basic English Self-Placement Instrument (BESPI) to prospective EAP students with limited English proficiency for placement in designated English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. The BESPI was developed by Miami Dade College as a temporary measure to address the technology issues some prospective students are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The BESPI is a self-assessment combined with a few English ability questions to help determine placement in EAP classes. The BESPI includes the information below.  It is untimed, and it only takes a few minutes to complete all the questions. Take the BESPI now. 

What English level do you think you are ready to try? At this time, I think I am … 

  • Level 1 - True beginner: No English
  • Level 2 - Beginner: A little English. I can already communicate basic needs and personal information.
  • Level 3 - Low Intermediate: Some English. I can already communicate about familiar topics in English with some fluency, but many mistakes.
  • Level 4 - Intermediate: Good English. I can communicate in English, but still need time to think about words and grammar. I am still making mistakes.
  • Level 5 - High Intermediate: Good English: I can communicate more spontaneously in English. I am still learning, but I am feeling more confident. I may be ready to take some regular college classes with English speaking professors and classmates.
  • Level 6 - Low Advanced: Very Good English: I feel ready to participate in regular college classes with English speaking professors and classmates. I need to improve and refine my English and increase my vocabulary.
  • Exempt - Excellent English: I feel ready for college classes including ENC 1101, English Composition. I want to take a test for Reading and Writing to see if I can become exempt from EAP.

BESPI Administration Process

  • Prospective students complete an initial Self-Assessment of English Proficiency Level
  • Prospective students who self-assess Level 1 or 2 are immediately routed to the Advisor Contacts section.
  • Prospective students who self-assess as Levels 3-6 or Exempt are routed to complete the Background Information section before being routed to the Advisor Contact section.

After completing the BESPI, students rated Level 3 and higher will take a 20 item Local Test (v2.0).   The information from these assessments are used by EAP advisors to contact the prospective students and help them get registered for classes using the placement guide below.  Additional assessments may be administered by the department to confirm initial placement and recommend adjustments. Prospective students may also contact an advisor or the World Languages Department at their preferred campus via the contact information below. 

BESPI Placement Guide Levels 1 and 2

Self-Placement Rating Advisor Action Placement Guidance
Level 1  Review Background Information and Level Check  Counsel and Place in Level 1  
Level 2  Review Background Information and Level Check  Counsel and Place in Level 2  


BESPI Placement Guide Levels 3 through 6 or Exempt

Self-Placement Rating  Grammar Check Score  Advisor Action Placement Guidance
Level 3 50% or less  Review Background Information, Level Check, and Grammar Check Score Counsel and Place in Level 2  
Level 3 55% to 65%  Review Background Information, Level Check, and Grammar Check Score Counsel and Place in Level 3
Level 4 70% or less Review Background Information, Level Check, and Grammar Check Score Counsel and Place in Level 3
Level 4 75% to 95% Review Background Information, Level Check, and Grammar Check Score Counsel and Place in Level 4 
Level 5 80% or less Review Background Information, Level Check, and Grammar Check Score Counsel and Place in Level 4 
Level 5 85% to 95% Review Background Information, Level Check, and Grammar Check Score Counsel and Place in Level 5  
Level 6 85% or less Review Background Information, Level Check, and Grammar Check Score Counsel and Place in Level 5  
Level 6 90% to 100% Review Background Information, Level Check, and Grammar Check Score Counsel and Place in Level 6
Exempt 90% to 100% Review Background Information, Level Check, and Grammar Check Score Counsel and refer to ACCUPLACER NG/PERT 


BESPI Local Test 2.0 - Grammar Check Scoring

Incorrect Correct Percent Score
0 20 100%
1 19 95%
2 18 90%
3 17 85%
4 16 80%
5 15 75%
6 14 70%
7 13 65%
8 12 60%
9 11 55%
10 10 50%
11 9 45%
12 8 40%
13 7 35%
14 6 30%
15 5 25%
16 4 20%
17 3 15%
18 2 10%
19 1 5%
20 0 0%


EAP Selected Advisors Contact Information

Location Name Phone Number Email
Hialeah Campus Betty Reyes 305-237-8755 ereyes@mdc.edu
Hialeah Campus Henry Gonzalez (305)237-8782 hgonzal9@mdc.edu
Kendall Campus Maritza Betancourt 305-237-2621 mbetanc2@mdc.edu
Kendall Campus Raul Avila 305-237-2165 ravila1@mdc.edu
North Campus Mariaelene Monsalve 305-237-1238 mmonsal1@mdc.edu
North Campus Pedro Arguelles 305-237-1758 parguell@mdc.edu
Padron Campus Melanie Gonzalez 305-237-6031 mgonza61@mdc.edu
West Campus Bertha Cabrera 305-237-6468 bcabrera@mdc.edu
Wolfson Campus Arlaine Phillip 305-237-3218 aphilli1@mdc.edu


MDC World Languages Department Contact Information

Location Phone Building Room
Hialeah Campus 305-237-8782 2 2320
Homestead Campus 305-237-5263 D 306
Padrón Campus 305-237-6068 1 1304
Kendall Campus 305-237-2165 6 6319
North Campus 305-237-1304 7 7307
West Campus 305-237-8932 1 1218
Wolfson Campus 305-237-3218 1 1615



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