EPT Registration & Information

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The EPT consists of two parts: a written test and an oral test. The writing test requires students to produce an academic essay based on the information obtained from a series of short reading passages and a short lecture. In the oral test, students are asked to complete a series of speaking tasks during a separate oral interview. 

All students are strongly recommended to take the EPT well before classes begin.

Undergraduates: If you are required to take the test, you do not have to take the test before your first meeting with your advisor, but you should register for the test before that meeting to ensure you can enroll in courses. You can still take the test after your initial registration meeting.

Students will be placed into or exempted from oral or written ESL courses based on the results of the test.


The table below serves as a guide to upcoming 2023 test dates and how to register. More information about test window timing is available on the registration page (ALL TIMES ARE US CENTRAL TIME - CHICAGO).
NOTE: If you have been notified that you need ONLY to take the oral portion of the EPT, use this link: Oral EPT registration

Test Window EPT registration Notes
October 7th Registration open In-person session
November 11th Registration open In-person session
January 8th Registration open Online
January 9th Registration open Online
January 10th Registration open Online


A note on re-takes: Please note that re-taking the EPT is not permitted. If you have taken the EPT and have gotten results, you will have to complete any required courses based on these results. You may not take the EPT again.

Please refer to the Test Procedure Page to learn more about the test.