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.

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?