English Placement Test for Non-Native Speakers of English


The English Placement Test for Non-Native Speakers of English (EPT) is required for all incoming students whose first language is not English, and if they are (a) graduates from non-U.S. high schools or (b) graduates from U.S. high schools with an ACT-E below 16 or SAT-V below 410.

The placement test takes approximately 3-3.5 hours and consists of three parts: writing, reading comprehension, and listening comprehension. Students who do not pass the test will be placed in ESL courses based on their results. Registration is required (click here or see below for more details).

    • What to Bring:
      • Required: ISU ID card (or a photo ID* with ISU ID number) (*passport, driver’s license, or state ID)
        • Students are NOT allowed to take the test without a photo ID.
      • Required: Two sharpened pencils and an eraser
      • Optional: ISU NetID (i,e., ISU e-mail address)

Parking permits are NOT available for test-taking students. Those who drive to campus to take the test are advised to find a proper parking lot in advance in which they can park for about 4 hours. Some coin-parking lots near Kildee Hall are only available for 2-hour parking.

Schedule for Summer 2016

The English Placement Test for non-native speakers of English is administered at the times listed below. Students need to take one test only.

English Placement Test 

Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Students must arrive by 8:30 AM)
Location: TBA

EPT Registration:

NEW international students who want to take the English Placement Test should check in with the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) first and then complete online registration for EPT before coming to the test place. Non-native English speaking students who hold a U.S. citizenship do not need to check in with the ISSO. ISU ID number (the middle nine digits on the ISU card) is required for the registration. NetID should be entered if students want to check their results online.

Go to the signup page. (Note: Online test registration will be available 2 weeks before each test date.)

NOTE: If you need to change test dates after the registration, please log into the registration site using your ISU ID number and password you set when you signed up for the test. Use the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page to select a new test date.


All students who are taking the EPT will be able to check their placement online via Blackboard Learn. In addition, graduate students can pick up their results in person in Ross Hall 226. The EPT results of the undergraduate students will be distributed to their advisors.

Test Result Pick-up (for Graduate Students)
Time: 10-12 PM
Dates: Friday, June 10th

Students with questions about their English Placement Test results can stop by Ross Hall 226 or 341 to speak with either Elizabeth Lee (Graduate Assistant) or Prof. Volker Hegelheimer.