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Graduate students’ oral proficiency is rated on a global rating scale that addresses overall communicative ability for teaching.
To arrive at a global score, the EPI assesses examinees' speaking ability in terms of the following five features:
EPI Score Interpretation Guidelines for Examinees can be accessed here.
Possible global scores are 2, 3, 4, 4CP, 5, and 6. Scores of 5 or 6 are passing scores and the applicant is then cleared to teach. A score of 4CP is a “conditional pass” which allows the student to be a TA provided he or she successfully completes ESL 508 during or before the first semester of teaching. Students who receive a 4CP, 5, or 6 on the EPI must attend the Graduate Academy for College Teaching prior to teaching their first semester.
Communication is always effective; speaker has sophisticated language skills appropriate for a teaching context.
Pass; student is permitted to be a TA with no restrictions
Communication is generally effective; speaker has satisfactory language skills at ranges appropriate for a teaching context.
Communication is generally effective; however due to isolated weakness, communication is occasionally difficult. Further ESL coursework is required during or before the first semester of teaching in order to refine the speaker's language skills for a teaching context.
Conditional Pass; student is required to successfully complete ESL 508 during or before the first semester of teaching
Communication is somewhat effective. Inconsistent performance indicates speaker is not ready to be a classroom instructor.
Non-passing; student is NOT permitted to be a TA and must retake the exam
Communication is marginally effective; speaker has limited language skills for a teaching context.
Communication is generally not effective; speaker has unsatisfactory language for a teaching context.
The following video explains how to interpret an Official EPI Score Report