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The English Placement Test Frequently Asked Questions

General EPT information

What is the EPT?

Why am I required to take the EPT?

How can I register for the EPT?

What will I be tested on?

How can I prepare for the EPT?

Who should I contact if I have questions about the test?

Where can I find information on ESL courses?

On-Campus EPT

Where will the test be administered?

When does the test begin?

What do I need to bring to the test?

When will I receive my EPT results?

I received my EPT scores but I want to know more about what they mean. Where should I go to get more information about my scores?

Online EPT

Who is eligible to take the Online EPT?

When can I take the Online EPT?

What are the required materials to take the Online EPT?

When will I receive my EPT results?

I received my EPT scores but I want to know more about what they mean. Where should I go to get more information about my scores?

I registered for a test window and enrolled on the testing website, but, I need to re-schedule my test. What should I do?

I am having some technical problems while taking the test. Who should I contact?

General EPT information

What is the EPT?
The EPT is a vehicle to determine accurate placement in the English as a Second Language (ESL) courses administered by the Department of Linguistics for UIUC students, faculty, and staff.

Why am I required to take the EPT?
The EPT is given to international students whose admission dossiers do not meet the English proficiency requirement of UIUC. This requirement is established by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Senate. However, individual departments may set higher standards.

1. International undergraduate students:

To be exempt from EPT, students must score either

On TOEFL iBT: total 103 or above, and 25 or above on both speaking & writing; or on IELTS: 7.5 or above total, and 7 or above on both speaking & writing.

2. International graduate students whose total TOEFL scores are 102 (TOEFL iBT) or below (*total IELTS score of 7.0 or below) are required to take the EPT.

Further details about TOEFL and IELTS requirements are given at the following websites:

In addition to the requirements as explained at the above two websites, individual departments and/or advisors may require or encourage students to take the EPT, and students themselves may elect to take the test so that they can enroll in ESL courses at UIUC.

How can I register for the EPT?
New international students must register for this test via the main EPT website:
http://www.linguistics.illinois.edu/students/placement/

What will I be tested on?
The EPT has two sections: a written exam and an oral exam. For further information about the test, please read the EPT Guide. You can find the link to the EPT Guide on the EPT website.

How can I prepare for the EPT?
Information about EPT preparation can be found in the EPT Guide. You can find the link to the EPT Guide on the EPT website.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the test?
For general inquires about the test, please contact the following UIUC personnel.
Email: eptillinois@illinois.edu
3036 Foreign Languages Building

Where can I find information on ESL courses?
For information on ESL courses, go to: http://www.linguistics.illinois.edu/students/esl/.

 

On-Campus EPT

Where will the test be administered?

The location of the test can be found on the EPT registration page/confirmation email.

When does the test begin?
Test-takers should report to the test location by 8:10am on the day of the test.

What do I need to bring to the test?
You need to bring your I-card (or passport, but I-card preferred), pen/pencil and eraser, and a watch.

When will I receive my EPT results?

You will receive an email with your EPT results within two to three business days after taking the test. You will receive an email when your scores are available.

I received my EPT scores but I want to know more about what they mean. Where should I go to get more information about my scores?
For more information about interpreting the EPT scores, please visit the following website:
http://www.linguistics.illinois.edu/students/placement/EPTinterpretation.html

 

Online EPT

Who is eligible to take the Online EPT?

The Online English Placement Test (EPT) is only available to undergraduate students. Graduate students must take the On-campus EPT.

When can I take the Online EPT?
You can take the EPT during the summer before the start of the Fall semesters. Specific test dates can be found on the EPT website.

The Online EPT is delivered in a 48-hour “test window.” A “test window” is a period of time when the test is available. Each “test window” starts at noon on Monday of each week and closes at noon on Wednesday of each week. Test-takers must complete both the written exam and the oral section within the 48-hour “test window.”

What are the required materials to take the Online EPT?

Here are some very important things to check before you take the test.
- Register for the Online EPT. When you register for the Online EPT, you will receive an email that contains a link to the Online EPT, enrollment information, and other test-related information. You should enroll on the test website and go through the practice activities before your test window begins.
- The best browser to access the test is Firefox (www.mozilla.org). Do not use Internet Explorer.
- Prepare a pair of earphones and a microphone and make sure they are working properly. A webcam is recommended but not required.
- Your computer should have the latest version of Java (www.java.com) installed.
- Your computer should have the latest version of Adobe Flash (http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions) installed.
- Have your UIUC NetID and AD password available.

There are other technical requirements that all Online EPT test-takers MUST check before taking the test. Those requirements can be found on the actual test site.

When will I receive my EPT results?
Test results will be sent via email when they are available, usually within three business days after taking the test. You will receive an email when your scores are available.

I received my EPT scores but I want to know more about what they mean. Where should I go to get more information about my scores?
For more information about interpreting the EPT scores, please visit the following website:
http://www.linguistics.illinois.edu/students/placement/EPTinterpretation.html

I registered for a test window and enrolled on the testing website, but, I need to re-schedule my test. What should I do?
You should send an email to the EPT research assistant with the following information:
- Your full name
- Your UIN
- Your NetID
- Your previous test window date
- Your new test window date

I am having some technical problems while taking the test. Who should I contact?
For general inquires about the test, please contact the following UIUC personnel.
Email: eptillinois@illinois.edu