Exemption Information

Students taking a test

Undergraduate Students

International undergraduate students whose TOEFL total scores are 103 (TOEFL iBT) AND with TOEFL sub-scores of 27 in writing and 23 in speaking or above are exempt from taking the written EPT.

International undergraduate students whose IELTS scores are 7.5 or above AND with IELTS sub-scores of 7 in writing and 6.5 in speaking are exempt from taking the written EPT.

International undergraduate students starting in 2022-2023 whose Duolingo English Test (DET) scores are 130 or above are exempt from taking the written EPT (but MUST take the Oral EPT)

NOTE: For new students in 2022-2023, you do not have to take the written EPT if you have transferred credit for RHET 105 or if you have fulfilled your Composition I requirement via any of the following criteria:

  1. Transferred course credit from another post-secondary institution that fulfills the ‘Composition I' requirement 
  2. ACT English score of 34 or higher
  3. SAT EBRW score of 720 or higher
  4. AP English Language and Composition score of 4 or 5
  5. AP English Literature and Composition score of 4 or 5
  6. IB English A: Literature, Higher Level score of 6 or 7
  7. IB English A: Literature, Standard Level score of 6 or 7
  8. IB English A: Language and Literature, Higher Level score of 6 or 7
  9. IB English A: Language and Literature, Standard Level score of 6 or 7
  10. IB English A: Literature and Performance, Standard Level score of 6 or 7

(Please note, if you meet any of these criteria above, the scores must have been received by UIUC and processed into RHET 105 credit so that it is reflected in your academic record before you may be exempt from the written EPT)

Oral English Placement Test

If you are an undergraduate student and have not submitted any TOEFL or IELTS scores you may be required to also take the Oral EPT. Students who meet other exemption criteria or have submitted DET scores only, but have not submitted TOEFL or IELTS scores, MUST take the Oral EPT.

Graduate Students

Written English Placement Test

International graduate students whose total TOEFL scores are below 103 (TOEFL iBT), total IELTS scores are below 7.5, or Duolingo English Test total scores are below 135, are required to take the written EPT.

Further details about TOEFL / IELTS / Duolingo (temporarily acceptable) requirements are given at the following websites: http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/instructions/04c.cfm

If you are a visiting scholar, faculty or staff, you should contact the ESL program (eslprogram@illinois.edu) for ESL 592/3 (formerly ESL502/3) and don't register for the EPT.

Graduate courses have been renumbered. Please check the changes in Interpreting EPT scores.

Oral English Placement Test

If you are a graduate student and you have submitted TOEFL scores with a speaking score of 18 or lower, or IELTS scores with a speaking score of 6.0 or lower, (or you have submitted only Duolingo test result) then you will be required to take the oral EPT. 

Note: The EPT does not assess or in any way affect the qualification of graduate student International Teaching Assistants (ITAs). For information about English language assessment requirements of ITAs, please go visit the Graduate College.