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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.

Frequently Asked Questions for Students
  • Can I still take the EPI during the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • I have been admitted to an Illinois graduate program. Can I take the online EPI while I am off-campus or still in my home country?

  • What is the purpose of the EPI?

  • Who is eligible to take the EPI?

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

  • How many times and how often can I take the EPI?

  • How and when do I register for the EPI?

  • When is the EPI offered?

  • When should I start preparing for the EPI?

  • What resources can I use to prepare for the EPI and to improve my oral English skills for teaching?

  • What if I need to cancel my EPI?

  • What should I bring to the EPI?

  • How long does the EPI take?

  • What happens during the EPI?

  • What types of questions will I be asked during the EPI?

  • Who are the EPI interviewers?

  • Will asking questions to the interviewer affect my EPI score?

  • During the interview, how much time do I have to prepare my answers?

  • During the EPI, how long should my answers be?

  • Can I draw or write something to help me explain a concept or term?

  • Where do the terms come from that I will be asked to define?

  • How can I prepare for the definitions section of the EPI?

  • During the interview, if I don't know any of the terms from my department, what should I do?

  • How is the EPI scored?

  • How do I get my EPI score? When should I expect to receive it?

  • How do I interpret the score I received? (especially if I didn’t pass)

  • I am working with a tutor before I retake the EPI. When should I start tutoring?

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