The ECL (English Comprehension Level) test is the primary instrument used for measuring the English language reading and listening proficiency of IMSs scheduled to attend IMET- or FMS-funded training and of international participants in certain US-sponsored exercises. The ECL may also be used as a criterion in the recruitment of US military personnel who are not native speakers of English, or in the determination of their eligibility for commissioning, attending specific courses or holding certain jobs.
The ECL is also used for US military personnel who are non-native speakers of English, as a prerequisite qualification for entry into the military services. This testing is generally conducted by Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS).
In addition to testing done at the DLIELC, the ECL is also administered in approximately 120 overseas sites, and over 100 sites in the U.S. At off-campus sites the ECL is administered in one of two versions: paper/pencil or online computer-delivered. These tests consist of 100 multiple-choice items, take about 75 minutes to administer, and are scored on a scale of 0 to 100.
To take a Sample ECL Test, access the “ECL Demo” link on the side-bar and follow the instructions provided.
Since June 1999, a computer-adaptive (CAT) version of the ECL has been in use only at the resident DLI campus. The CAT ECL is essentially an individualized test, reducing the average test time to about 17 minutes. Like the other versions, CAT ECL scores are reported on a scale of 0 to 100. And because no two students get exactly the same test, the CAT ECL has the added advantage of practically eliminating the issue of test compromise.
The overall ECL testing program is controlled by DLIELC. The ECL may be obtained from and administered only by authorized ECL Test Control Officers employed by the US Government.
For more information, contact the DLIELC Test and Measurement Branch at DLI.Testing@us.af.mil.