Freshman Essay Evaluation: Non-Native English Speakers/ESL Students

All incoming MIT students, including students whose primary language is not English, should take the online FEE over the summer.

When you register for the online FEE, you will be asked if English is your first language, and if not, whether you speak and write English as fluently as you speak and write your first language.

After the online FEE is scored, staff in the Program in English Language Studies (ELS) will review the essays of non-native English speaking students who receive scores of “CI-HW Required.” ELS staff will determine whether a student must take a CI-HW (Foundational Writing) subject, or whether they must take 21G.222 or 21G.220, which are Foundational Writing classes specifically designed for bilingual students from different pedagogical, rhetorical and language backgrounds.

Students whose primary language is not English who do not take the online FEE over the summer must take the English Diagnostic Review (EDR) during Orientation instead of the make-up FEE. The EDR is offered at the same time as the make-up FEE and includes the same essay topics, with the addition of an oral interview component. This year, it will be held on August 29 from 4 – 6:15 PM in room 14E-310.

Click here for more information about MIT’s Program in English Language Studies.