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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  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:

TBD

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