English Language Placement Test

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 (Cash or Check)

ELPT Test Dates
Date Time Location
August 22, 2014 1:30 PM TEST 201 Graduate
August 27, 2014 9:30 AM TEST 201 undergraduate

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.

Undergraduate Students

Non-native speakers of English that are admitted as undergraduates to the University of Arkansas are required to submit an acceptable score on one of the following tests.

  • TOEFL iBT Writing
  • TOEFL Test of Written English - TWE
  • International English Language Testing System - IELTS (writing)
  • UofA English Language Placement Test - ELPT (writing) - administered upon arrival during International Student Orientation

Students who score 28 or above on the TOEFL iBT (writing), 5 or above on the TWE, 6.5 or above on the IELTS (writing), or 81 on the ELPT will not be required to take additional language instruction. Students with lower scores will be required to successfully complete one or more of the following courses as shown below or will be required to undergo evaluation for possible intensive language preparation. If students take two different tests, the highest score will determine the requirement. Students may not present scores earned more than two years previous to the time of application to the University.

Exemption for Undergraduate Students: This requirement is waived for students whose native language is English; have completed grades 10 thru 12 and graduated from an U.S. high school and have obtained an ACT English section score of 19 or above or a SAT I verbal score of 460.

Undergraduate writing score requirements
TOEFL iBT Writing TOEFL TWE IELTS Writing ELPT Writing EASL Requirements
28-30 5.0 6.5 81 No Requirements
26-27 4.5 6.0 75-80 EASL0033 Reading and Writing II
20-25 3.5-4.0 5.0-5.5 65-74 EASL0023 Reading & Writing I and EASL0021 English Grammar
0-19 1.0-3.0 0-4.5 0-64 IEP Evaluation
 

Graduate Students

Non-native speakers of English that are admitted as graduate students to the University of Arkansas are required to submit an acceptable score on one of the following tests.

  • TOEFL iBT Writing
  • TOEFL Test of Written English - TWE
  • International English Language Testing System - IELTS (writing)
  • UofA English Language Placement Test - ELPT (writing) - administered upon arrival during International Student Orientation
  • GRE Analytical Writing
  • GMAT Analytical Writing

Students who score 29 or above on the TOEFL iBT (writing), 5 or above on the TWE, 7.0 or above on the IELTS (writing), 4.5 on the GRE or GMAT Analytical Writing, or 81 on the ELPT will not be required to take additional language instruction. Students with lower scores will be required to successfully complete one or more of the following courses as shown below or will be required to undergo evaluation for possible intensive language preparation. If students take two different tests, the highest score will determine the requirement. Students may not present scores earned more than two years previous to the time of application to the University.

Exemption for Graduate Students: This requirement is waived for students whose native language is English or who have obtained an U.S. master's degree from an accredited institution.

Graduate Student writing score requirements
TOEFL iBT Writing TOEFL TWE IELTS Writing GMAT Analytical Writing GRE Analytical Writing ELPT Writing EASL Requirements
29-30 5.0 7.0 4.5 4.5 81 No Requirements
26-28 4.5 6.0-6.5 4.0 4.0 75-80 EASL0033 Reading & Writing II
23-25 4.0 5.5 3.5 3.5 70-74 EASL0033 Reading & Writing II and EASL0021 English Grammar
20-22 3.5 5.0 3.0 3.0 65-70 Sem I: EASL0023& EASL0021 Sem II: EASL 0033
0-19 1.0-3.0 0-4.5 0-2.5 0-2.5 0-64 IEP Evaluation



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