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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 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.

Fall 2021 interviews: Registration opened on September 17. First time examinees will be tested from October 4 - November 10. Examinees retaking EPI will be tested from November 11 - December 8.

Interview dates:

  • October 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
  • November 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 29, 30
  • December 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8

Morning testing (Thursday, Friday): 9:30 am to 12:00 noon start times (Central Time USA)

Afternoon testing (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday): 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm start times (Central Time USA)

EPI location: The EPI will be administered online during Fall 2021.

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)

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