IEP Placement Test

The Intensive English Program (IEP) administers a placement exam to incoming IEP students.  We want to be sure that students register for the proper classes so that they have the best chance to achieve success.

About the Test

The English Placement Exam tests a student’s English academic skills in 3 parts.  The total testing time is approximately 1.5 hours.

  1. Writing – Students will have to write a response to a provided prompt within 30 minutes.
  2. Grammar, vocabulary, and reading – Students will answer multiple-choice questions that demonstrate varying abilities.
  3. Listening – Students will listen to various scenarios and answer comprehension questions.


Tests will be scored within 24 hours. Test takers will then be placed into the appropriate level based on that score.  If students disagree with their placement, they have the opportunity to petition for a change of level.  Diagnostic testing during the first 2 days of class will also help determine if the student is placed appropriately.

Date and Time of the Test

The test is offered one time only on campus during the IEP’s Orientation, which is the week prior to classes starting.  Contact the IEP office for the specific location.

Preparation Tips

Because this exam tests your overall English communicative abilities and not specific content, it is difficult to study for. To prepare, use English as much as possible – listen to news stories on the internet or radio, read widely and frequently, write short essays and/or letters to friends, and find opportunities to talk in English. All of these things will also help you when you begin classes. On the night before the exam, try to get a good night’s sleep.


Contact the IEP Office.