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 Schedule

The EPI is administered each semester. In Fall, Spring, and Summer  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.

Fall  2022 interviews: Registration will open on September 13. Testing will run from October 4th through December 7th. Repeat test-takers may test from November 10th through December 7th.

Interview dates:


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



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


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


June, July, early August

All graduate students

August (before Graduate Academy)


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