Spoken Language Proficiency Test

Test Description: The SLPT is a test that measures speaking skills of international students during a 15-minute interaction. Examinees will be instructed to prepare a 10-minute oral presentation on a given topic (the topic will be sent to the examinee's e-mail address the day before the exam). The evaluation period will begin with questions regarding the examinee's personal background, field of study, and/or culture. The questions asked will be general in nature, and no prior knowledge will be necessary. Next, students will be asked to deliver and defend their presentation.

The SLPT evaluators will assess the examinee's overall comprehensibility by indicating "pass" or "not pass". They will not assess the examinee's knowledge of the subject matter, academic success or their teaching technique, but focus only on their ability to communicate effectively.

Examinee's oral English proficiency will be rated in the following areas:

  • Ability to speak clearly in English (easily understood by listener).
  • Ability to communicate ideas in a coherent manner (vocabulary, relevance and grammar).
  • Quality of overall oral communication (fluency, intonation, stress, etc.).
  • Ability to appropriately address the intended audience.
  • Overall comprehensibility of the speaker.

Registration: The fee for this exam is $70.00 and is paid at the time of registration. After the registration deadline, a late fee of $15 will be assessed in addition to the $70 test fee. Complete the registration form and mail it along with a check to:

Office of Testing Services
1435 W. Walton Street
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

We must receive the fee for this exam along with the registration form by the deadline for the date you choose.

Test fees: The SLPT Registration fee is $70 paid by cash or check. Make checks payable to the University of Arkansas.

ID Requirement: For examinees testing within their country of citizenship 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.

Scores: Score letters are mailed to you approximately two weeks after your test date. Scores from the SLPT are also forwarded to Graduate and International Admissions.

Test Dates
Dates Deadline Location
March 7, 2014 February 7, 2014 TEST 201
April 4, 2014 March 4, 2014 TEST 201
May 2, 2014 April 2, 2014 TEST 201
June 13, 2014 May 13, 2014 TEST 201

University of Arkansas | Office of Testing Services