UIS IEP Placement Exam

The ESL Program administers a placement exam to incoming undergraduate students who score below a 100 iBT (600 PBT) or the equivalent. We want to be sure that students are registering for the proper classes so that they have the best chance to achieve success in their first and future semesters.

About the Test

The English Placement Exam tests one’s ability in academic skills in 3 parts.  The total testing time is approximately 2 hours.

  1. Writing – You will have to write a short essay based on a provided prompt.
  2. Grammar, vocabulary, and reading – You will answer questions that demonstrate varying abilities.
  3. Listening – You will listen to various scenarios and answer comprehension questions.

What about Scoring?

Exams will be graded 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.

When and where is the test?

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

How do I register?

Contact the Intensive English Program office at esl@uis.edu.

What should I bring to the exam?

You should bring identification (e.g. iCard, Passport, national identity card).

How can I prepare?

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.

Any Questions?

Contact the ESL Program, 206-8356, BRK 449