iDeaL English Language Diagnostic Tool

FAQs

What is iDeaL?

iDeaL is a free online tool which you can use to find out which English language and communication skills programs and services at Deakin are most relevant and appropriate to your needs. It consists of several short tasks and should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete.

Your performance in iDeaL will not exclude you from any units you are enrolled in, and will not appear on your university transcript.


Who is iDeaL for?

All commencing students, including students entering at postgraduate level, are required to complete iDeaL in their first week of study, regardless of their language background, school results or entry qualifications.

Note: if you are a commencing undergraduate student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you will be required to complete iDeaL as part of a unit, MCA 010.


Will any iDeaL information be used by anyone else?

The information is used by Study Skills to contact students and provide information about the appropiate services students can access to support their studies and to report on cohort results.

 

Individual results are available to Faculties and may be used in research.  However, the iDeaL results do not impact on unit results.


How will I benefit from iDeaL?

There are many benefits to completing iDeal early in your studies. Completing iDeal means you can take action early. The email you receive will recommend which English language and communication skills programs and services at Deakin are most relevant and appropriate to your needs.


Can I fail iDeaL?

You cannot fail iDeaL. You will not receive a numerical score but you will receive feedback. The feedback you receive is focused on actions you can take to improve in particular areas of English and communication. The results are not used to compare you to other students or to determine your ability to undertake academic study.


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