Interpret your EPT scores

Written scores

Level

Description

1

Essay may not provide an argument that supports a single central claim. Evidences poorly support the argument and ideas are not interconnected and/or underdeveloped. Essay may attempt complex lexico-grammar but with frequent, noticeable errors that are often inaccurate and cause comprehension difficulty.

2

Essay provides an argument that supports a single central claim but it sometimes relies on list-like organization of evidences and/or evidences are not clearly connected. Essay may attempt complex lexico-grammar but sometimes with noticeable errors causing comprehension difficulty for the reader.

3

Essay provides a sufficiently-developed argument composed of (often) interconnected, sufficiently-explained evidences supporting a single central claim. Essay displays complex lexico-grammar with academic discourse but sometimes with noticeable errors.

4

Essay provides a well-developed argument composed of logically interconnected ideas that collectively/effectively advance the central claim using relevant evidence from the sources. Essay consistently displays complex lexico-grammar of academic discourse with no or very minor errors.

 

Oral Scores

Level

Description

1

Speech patterns, including frequent word stress errors, lack of focus stress, choppy rhythm, non-target-like intonation patterns, and noticeable segmental errors, have a greater than moderate impact on intelligibility.

Speech is very slow and contains a great deal of pauses and other disfluencies. Speaker answers with short phrases (1-3 words) or gives up on harder questions.

Speaker is hard to understand and/or requires a great deal of effort to understand the speaker’s intended message (even by someone accustomed to the speaker’s variety).

2

Speech patterns are target-like 50-70% of the time. May use stress and unstress patterns, but also stress all words at times. Word stress, focus stress, and intonation are hard to distinguish. Missing grammatical endings and segmental errors have some impact on intelligibility.

Speech is slow and characterized by more than a few long pauses. Speaker has trouble conveying ideas accurately due to a small range of vocabulary and responses are short or lack development.

Speech requires a moderate amount of effort. A naïve listener may abandon attempts to communicate.

3

Speech patterns are target-like > 70% of the time. Infrequent word stress, focus stress, and segmental errors have little impact on intelligibility.

Speaks slightly slower or faster than expected with a few too many pauses. Responses are sufficient to answer questions/express ideas fully; however, there are some awkward phrases or vocabulary limitations (overuse of phrases or simple language).

Speech does not require a great deal of listener effort to be comprehended by a naïve listener (someone not accustomed to the speaker’s variety of English).

4

Speech patterns, including rhythm, linking, word stress, focus stress, intonation, and segmentals are target-like most of the time.

Speaks at a native- or near-native rate using appropriate pausing. Speech is relatively free of disfluencies (false starts, fillers, long silent pauses). Speaker gives lengthy, coherent responses using an appropriate range of vocabulary.

Speaker is easy to understand > 95% of the time.

 

For Undergraduate Students

Online English Placement Test

  • Online EPT Writing Score and Placement

The ESL Writing placement information provides a list of courses that you should take to fulfill your Composition I requirement. We require non-native speakers of English to complete the campus Composition I requirement through the ESL writing course sequence. Completion of ESL 111 (formerly 114)-ESL 112 (formerly 115) sequence or ESL 115 fulfill the campus Composition I requirement for non-native speakers of English. Please consult your academic advisor for more information on your requirements.

A written placement of 111q or 114q or below indicates that you are required to take the ESL 111 (formerly 114)-ESL 112 (formerly 115) sequence to fulfill the Comp 1 requirement. 

A written placement of ESL 115q indicates that you are required to take ESL 115 to fulfill the Comp1 requirement.

  • Online EPT Oral Phase I Score and Placement

For Fall 2017, the Oral Interview portion of the EPT has been suspended, and so placement into the ESL Oral Communication courses will be based on the student's highest TOEFL Speaking score or highest IELTS Speaking score. Cutoff scores and placement messages are derived in collaboration with the Linguistics Department and are reviewed annually. The policies apply to all students entering UIUC in Summer 2017 or Fall 2017. 
·Students with TOEFL Speaking subscore of 18 or lower (or IELTS Speaking subscore of 6 or lower can either 1) choose to take the Oral EPT for possibility of exemption, or 2) receive 110hc (highly recommended to take the oral pronunciation course, ESL 110 for undergraduate students) as placement result without taking the Oral EPT.

For those who choose take the oral EPT–The EPT Oral Phase result shows 
the test taker’s oral skill level based on the interview. The result of the Oral Phase can show 3 different results:

  • Exempt: exempted from ESL 110 based on EPT.
  • ESL 110c:recommended to take ESL 110.
  • ESL 110hc:highly recommended to take ESL 110 based on the EPT. 

For more information about interpreting the EPT cutoff score for Oral Communication courses (undergraduate students), please visit the following website: https://citl.illinois.edu/citl-101/measurement-evaluation/placement-proficiency/cutoff-scores/2017-cutoff-scores-esl

On-campus English Placement Test

  • On-campus EPT Writing Score and Placement

The ESL Writing placement information provides a list of courses that you should take to fulfill your Composition I requirement. We require non-native speakers of English to complete the campus Composition I requirement through the ESL writing course sequence. Completion of ESL 111 (formerly 114)-ESL 112 (formerly 115) sequence or ESL 115 fulfill the campus Composition I requirement for non-native speakers of English. Please consult your academic advisor for more information on your requirements.

A written placement of 111q indicates that you are required to take the ESL 111 (formerly 114)-ESL 112 (formerly 115) sequence to fulfill the Comp 1 requirement. 

A written placement of ESL 115q indicates that you are required to take ESL 115 to fulfill the Comp1 requirement.

  • On-campus EPT Oral Interview Score and Placement

The same criteria is applied to both On-campus and Online EPT (see above for details). The letter “hc” after an ESL oral pronunciation course number indicates that it is a “highly recommended, but not required” course; “c” indicates “recommended.”

For example, ESL 110hc would indicate that you are highly recommended, but not required to take ESL 110. ESL 110c would indicate that you are recommended, but not required, to take ESL 110. “Exempt” indicates that you were exempted from ESL 110 based on the EPT.

 

For Graduate Students, Visiting Scholars, Faculty, and Staff

EPT Writing Score and Placement

In order to better accommodate students and to offer additional courses, graduate level courses have been renumbered and new courses have been created. All ESL graduate level courses will have a new number in the system.

Here is a summary of those changes:

1. If you choose an academic track:

  • ESL 500 will become ESL 511
    ESL 501 will become ESL 512
A new, stand-alone course has been created, ESL 515, for those who place directly into the former '501' level. Students who need a two-course sequence will take 511/512.

 

2. If you choose a business track:

  • ESL 505 no longer exists, but based on your EPT written exam, you will be either placed in ESL 521 or 522.
    If you are placed in ESL 521, you will take ESL 521 and 522 in sequence.
  • If you are placed in ESL 522, you will be required to take only ESL 522.

 

3. Electives

  • ESL 502 will become 592
  • ESL 503 will become 593

 

The letter “q” after an ESL course number indicates that it is a “required” course; “c” indicates “recommended.”

For example, if you are placed into ESL 511 (formely 500), you are required to take ESL 511 and ESL 512 in sequence. ESL 592 (formerly 502) is a recommended course that you can choose to take.

If you are placed directly into ESL 515q (formerly 501), you are required to take ESL 515 only. ESL 592 (formerly 502) is a recommended course that you can choose to take.

If you are placed into ESL 505q (MBA, MSA, MSBA, and MSTM only), you are required to take ESL 505.

If you are placed into ESL 592c (formerly 502c), you are recommended, but no required, to take ESL592 (formerly 502).

 

ESL Oral Interview Score and Placement

The letter “q” after an ESL oral pronunciation course number indicates that it is a “required” course; “c” indicates “recommended.” For example, ESL 510q would indicate that you are required to take ESL 510. ESL 510c would indicate that you are recommended, but not required, to take ESL 510. “Exempt” indicates that you were exempted from ESL 510 based on the EPT.

For Fall 2017, the Oral Interview portion of the EPT has been suspended, and so placement into the ESL Oral Communication courses will be based on the student's highest TOEFL Speaking score or highest IELTS Speaking score. Cutoff scores and placement messages are derived in collaboration with the Linguistics Department and are reviewed annually. The policies apply to all students entering UIUC in Summer 2017 or Fall 2017. 
Students with TOEFL Speaking subscore of 18 or lower (or IELTS Speaking subscore of 6 or lower can either 1) choose to take the Oral EPT for possibility of exemption, or 2) receive 510q (required to take the oral pronunciation course) as placement result without taking the Oral EPT.

For those who choose take the oral EPT–The EPT Oral Phase result shows 
the test taker’s oral skill level based on the interview. The result of the Oral Phase can show 3 different results:

  • Exempt: exempted from ESL 510 based on EPT.
  • ESL 510c: recommended to take ESL 510.
  • ESL 510q: required to take ESL 510 based on the EPT. 

For more information about interpreting the EPT cutoff score for Oral Communication courses (undergraduate students), please visit the following website: https://citl.illinois.edu/citl-101/measurement-evaluation/placement-proficiency/cutoff-scores/2018-cutoff-scores-esl

 

If you have any other questions regarding your EPT score, send an email to the EPT Research Assistant.

For information on ESL courses, go to http://www.linguistics.illinois.edu/students/esl/