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EPI Coordinator
(217) 265-6136
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OFFICE HOURS

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

EPI Schedule

The EPI is administered each semester. In Fall, Spring, and Summer 2 terms, first-time examinees are scheduled during the first half of the exam period. Those graduate students who are retaking the EPI are scheduled backwards from the end of the semester so that they have as much time as possible to finish ESL course work or tutoring.

Students should contact their departments to be registered for the EPI.

May & June 2022 interviews: Registration opened on April 25. Testing will run from May 16 through May 20 and June 14 through 24.

Interview dates:

  • May 16 - 20, June 14-24

EPI location: The EPI is administered online via Zoom.

On your assigned exam date/time, you can complete your EPI by computer or phone. We strongly recommend that you use a computer, if possible.

To complete your EPI, you must have the following:

  • Stable internet connection (minimum of 2 mbps for upload and download)
  • Webcam or build-in camera
  • Speakers, ear buds, or headphones
  • Microphone (volume set in the 50% to 75% range)
  • A quiet and private location to take the exam

More detailed instructions for accessing the online interview will be sent to each examinee one week in advance of the interview.

Annual EPI exam cycle

Testing period

Registration opens

Interview dates

Eligible students

Fall

Mid-September

Early October through the last day of instruction

All graduate students

January (limited testing before Graduate Academy)

Late November/ early December

Two to three days in January, before the Graduate Academy for College Teaching

Graduate students considered for Spring TA appointments

Not eligible: students who failed the EPI in the previous Fall

Spring

Late January/ early February

Late February through early May

All graduate students

Summer Session 1

Late April

Mid- to late May

Graduate students considered for Summer or Fall TA appointments

Not eligible: Students who failed the EPI in the previous Spring

Summer Session 2

Mid-May

June, July, early August

All graduate students

August (before Graduate Academy)

Mid-May

Weeks 1 and 2 of August; testing ends 1 week before the Graduate Academy for College Teaching

Priority given to graduate students who may be hired for Fall TA appointments