EPI pages
At the end of Fall 2022 semester, the English Proficiency Interview (EPI) service will move from the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) to the Department of Linguistics. While the test itself will remain the same, the name will be changed to Oral English Assessment Interview (OEAI). Registration for the upcoming pre-semester January 2023 testing period will open in early December. Questions regarding OEAI may be directed to Dr. Xun Yan and Dr. Rurik Tywoniw at oeai-illinois@illinois.edu.
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For questions or information, please contact:

EPI Coordinator
(217) 265-6136


Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

EPI Registration

All EPI examinees must be registered in advance. Individual departments register eligible graduate students via an online registration system. Students may not register themselves. The URL for registration is emailed to departments early each semester. 

Given the number of students that are interviewed each semester, CITL cannot accommodate the individual schedules of each prospective TA. Scheduled EPI examinees should be advised that the EPI is a Provost-approved absence and instructors are expected to make reasonable accommodations for a student who is scheduled to take the EPI. Examinees are responsible for contacting their instructors regarding the absence or tardiness or any missed work.

In order to register graduate students for the EPI, departmental contacts will need the following information:

  1. Student’s full name, birthdate, preferred email address, UIN, NetID
  2. The language that the student lists on his/her graduate application form as “first,” “primary,” or “native” language (the language that they first learned and continue to speak at home) and home country
  3. Hiring department and specialization (if needed for selecting terms)
  4. Student’s TOEFL iBT or IELTS speaking section score, if any
  5. The number of previous EPI attempts
  6. For students who are retaking the exam, either the ESL course number that the student completed or is currently enrolled in (ESL 504, 506, or 510) or, if the student elected tutoring, the name of the approved EPI tutor

Within 10 days after receipt of an EPI registration, CITL will email the student's schedule to the department contact and to the student. Departments will no longer need to forward the schedule to their students.

CITL will send two automatic email reminders to students, at one week and at two days before their exam time.

Lateness, No-shows, and Cancellations

  • Examinees should arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled interview. Students should allow ample time to find the interview location, as CITL reserves the right to not interview applicants who arrive late to their interview.
  • When a student needs to cancel or reschedule an EPI, the hiring department should inform CITL at least 1 week prior to the scheduled interview time, so the interview time can be offered to another student. Cancellations or requests to reschedule an EPI must come from the department. In the case of an emergency, the hiring department should notify CITL as soon as possible. The scheduled EPI can, of course, be cancelled, but we cannot guarantee that it can be rescheduled during the same semester.
  • Students who do not show up for their scheduled interview time and have not had their department cancel the interview at least 2 business days in advance will have that no-show counted as one of their 3 attempts.