English Language Placement Test

What is the ELPT (English Language Placement Test)?  The EPLT is an in-house-designed placement test and is designed to evaluate newly admitted graduate and undergraduate international students' ability to read and comprehend college level material and to write well organized, comprehensible essays based on that material, demonstrating readiness for a full or partial academic course load. The test is composed of a reading passage and a writing sample. Students are given 50 minutes to read the passage and write their essays. The results of this placement test are used to determine the English as a Second Language (EASL) support courses that newly admitted international students may be required to take.

How is the ELPT scored? How are the scores interpreted? The placement test is read by three independent readers from the Department of Foreign Languages English as a Second Language (EASL) instructors and the English Department. The essays are holistically scored by each reader and an average of the three scores is given. In the event that there is a ten-point spread between any two readers, a fourth reader is asked to read the exam. The fourth reader's score is averaged in with the initial three readers’ scores. Prior to each administration of the exam, the readers have a norming session to ensure reader reliability of the scoring.

For more information on the scoring and placement of the ELPT please visit the Evidence of English Proficiency page on the International Admissions website.

Registration: There is no pre-registration for this exam. Examinees should come to the location specified on the date and time given.

ID Requirement: For examinees testing within their country of citizenship (American students) any government-issued identification such as passport, driver's license, state ID, and military ID are all acceptable. If you are not testing in your own country of citizenship, you MUST bring your passport in order to be tested.

Test fees:$15.00

ELPT Test Dates
Date Time Location
August 12, 2015 Graduate 1:30 PM TEST 201
August 18, 2015 Undergraduate 8:30 AM TEST 201



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