(Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment) for Monash students

During your study at Monash University, staff from your faculty (e.g., your lecturer) may ask you to complete a DELNA (Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment) test. DELNA testing will be held online in weeks 1 and 2 of the semester. Results from this test will:

*Help you gain a better understanding of your Academic English language skills and needs.
*Give you access English language development support services to enhance your learning.
*Inform the ways in which staff can support you.

This will help you ensure you get the most from your postgraduate degree.

You can register for the test here.

DELNA in a snapshot

  • DELNA testing is important because it will allow the University to give you access to appropriate English language support services as early in your degree as possible, so that you can enhance your language skills to support learning and improve your performance.
  • DELNA is not just for students with English as a second/other language – all commencing students should complete the test. The assessment will provide you with valuable information about your English learning needs within and beyond your degree.
  • Your DELNA test results will not affect your marks or grades at all. Your individual results will not be provided to markers of your assessments in your units.
  • You do not need to do anything to prepare or study for this assessment – just attend your session online on the day.
  • DELNA testing is purely used after enrolment. It does not replace other tests.

What is DELNA?

The DELNA (Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment) test was developed as a way to give learners and educators information about the current academic English language needs of students enrolled in university degrees. The assessment is specifically designed for academic environments and for use post-entry. It is not a replacement or alternative for other English language tests used to screen applicants such as IELTS or TOEFL.

Why do I have to complete the DELNA?

DELNA will give you information about your current academic and professional English language development needs and the most appropriate support services you can access at Monash. The results will also give us (faculty and program directors, unit leaders and support services staff) an accurate picture of the needs of our students. We can use this information to develop more effective and tailored programs of support.

I am a native speaker of English – do I have to complete the DELNA?

Yes, even if English is your first language, we are asking you to complete the DELNA. This will ensure that we have a complete picture of the English language learning capacity and needs of our current cohort.

How do I complete the DELNA?

Register for a session in week 1 or 2 of the semester.  When you register, you will be given a specific ZOOM meeting link – full instructions and secure link to the test site will be given during the ZOOM session. Days, times and registration link are here. The DELNA takes 30-35 minutes to complete – you will book in for a session of one hour. Please join the ZOOM session for which you have registered on time to ensure all students are able to complete the test efficiently.

When are the DELNA sessions?

Times, dates and registration information are available here.

Do I need any specific equipment to complete the DELNA?

You will only need to ensure you have a stable internet connection and have set up to use ZOOM previously (joining via your Monash account). Please ensure that you have access to a webcam as you are requested to turn your webcam on during the session. Please make sure that you have access to your Monash ID number.

The DELNA is completed online (no pen or paper required).

When will I find out my results from the DELNA?

The DELNA results will be available within one week of completing the test (often earlier). These will be emailed to you with information about support programs you can or should access based on your score.

How can I study or prepare for the DELNA?

While we understand you will want to do well on any test – you do not need to study or prepare for the DELNA – just try your best on the day. It is a diagnostic assessment that is intended to give both you and us an up to date indicator of your English language development needs for academic study at post-graduate level.

The best result you can get from this assessment is an accurate reflection of where you are right now, without any special preparation, practice or study. Doing your best on this assessment will give you an accurate picture of your needs at this time. However, if you want to know what the test will be like, The University of Auckland (the creator of the test) has put together some practise DELNA questions for students available here:

Does DELNA count as part of my assessment for the degree?

NO. DELNA is not part of the formal assessment you will complete. The result of your DELNA will not have any impact on your assessment in units – except indirectly by helping you to improve through accessing support programs.

Your individual DELNA results will not be published or made available to markers. It will not appear on any transcript or results statement. For this reason, you do not need to worry about preparing for the DELNA, getting tutors or support during the test – it is only going to be helpful for you if you complete the diagnostic by yourself.

Who else will see my DELNA results?

Apart from you, your individual DELNA results will only be visible to selected faculty members and the Student Academic English team, who manage the delivery of language and learning support programs across the University. Academic staff in your units (unit coordinators, lecturers, tutors, markers) will only be able to see generalised and de-identified cohort data from the DELNA.

Monash procedure and policy on privacy and retention of data will apply to DELNA. Read more here about what Monash does to ensure your privacy.

Who can I contact to find out more about DELNA?

Please email us on if you have any questions.