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English as a Second Language Placement: Cutoff Scores and Placement Messages for 2018-2019
Placement into the ESL Composition courses is based on the Written portion of the ESL Placement Test ("the EPT"). Cutoff scores and placement messages are derived in collaboration with the Linguistics Department and are reviewed annually. The policies below apply to all students entering the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019.
For Fall 2018, the Oral Interview portion of the EPT is being given only to students who do not have a TOEFL Speaking or an IELTS Speaking score. Students who do have these scores are placed into (or exempted from) the ESL Oral Communication course based on their highest TOEFL Speaking score or highest IELTS Speaking score.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions determines whether an incoming student must take the EPT or not. If the test is required, the student MUST enroll in the composition course that he or she places into. If the test is not required, a student may take the EPT and enroll in ESL courses if he or she wishes to do so. Successful completion of the ESL 111-112 sequence or of ESL 115 fulfills the General Education 'Composition I' requirement.
The EPT does not award proficiency credit. Click here to learn more about the test.
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