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.

FAQ for Departments

  • Can graduate students still take the EPI during the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • Can newly admitted Illinois graduate students take the online EPI while they are off-campus or still in their home country?

  • What is the EPI?

  • Is the EPI the only way graduate students can demonstrate oral English proficiency? Can they take the TOEFL iBT or IELTS?

  • How long are TOEFL iBT, IELTS, and EPI scores valid?

  • If a graduate student changes degree programs, is their passing EPI score still valid?

  • Which graduate students must demonstrate oral English proficiency for teaching?

  • Are students who completed their undergraduate or master's degrees in the US (or at Illinois) already eligible to be a TA?

  • What about students who have a passing TOEFL iBT or IELTS speaking score received for undergraduate admission here at Illinois or another US institution?

  • Do students need to pass the EPI to be appointed as a Grader?

  • When is the EPI offered?

  • How do departments register their students for the EPI?

  • How frequently can students take the EPI?

  • How can a student cancel their EPI?

  • What if an examinee doesn't go to his/her interview?

  • What happens during the interview?

  • How is the EPI scored?

  • How do I access my students’ EPI results?

  • How does a student fulfill the course requirement if s/he receives a score of 4CP?

  • Can students who receive a 4CP on the EPI retake it?

  • What if a student doesn't pass?

  • How can students improve their oral skills? (tutoring, practice opportunities, oral skills courses)