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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)