For questions or information, please contact:
EPI Coordinator(217) 265-6136Email
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Example: A student fails the EPI in Spring 2022 and wants to retake the EPI in Summer 2022. To do this, the student must enroll in one of the approved ESL courses during Summer 2022, or complete approved tutoring before the Summer 2022 EPI date. Even if the student was tutored or was enrolled in an ESL class during Spring 2022, he or she must still take another ESL course (or complete additional tutoring) in Summer 2022 to be eligible to retake the EPI in late Summer 2022.
English improvement activities (only one is required, though both may be selected):
1. Take an approved ESL course: Enroll in one of the three ITA-focused ESL courses (ESL 504, 506, or 510).
2. Work with a tutor. Complete at least 8 weeks of tutoring with an approved EPI tutor. Please note that tutors are not employed by the university. They offer their services on a freelance basis and charge for their services.
If the student selects tutoring for the improvement activity, the following requirements apply:
EPI Exam Date
Start tutoring no later than
(includes practice session during Week of November 20)
(excludes practice session during Week of November 20)
Individual language assessment meeting
Students who receive a 3 on their second EPI attempt are strongly encouraged to arrange for an individual language assessment meeting with the ESL-ITA Coordinator in the Linguistics Department, Dr. Suzanne Franks. This one-hour consultation is free of charge. At this meeting, the student will be given a diagnostic exam. Based on that exam, a study plan will be developed to guide the student’s oral English improvement.
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