English Placement Test for Non-Native Speakers of English

The English Placement Test for Non-Native Speakers of English (EPT) is required of all incoming students whose first language is not English 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).

  • Sample Test Material:
    - Note: The number of test items may vary on the actual test.
  • Frequently Asked Questions [Click here]
    - About exemptions, ENGL 150/250 transfer credits, diagnostic tests, etc.
    - Questions about ESL courses & fees: See ESL Courses.

  • 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, an eraser, and a pen
    • Optional: ISU NetID (i,e., ISU e-mail address)

  • Contact Us: ept@iastate.edu / 515-294-6398
  • Fall 2015 Office Hours: MWF 11-12 PM, TR 9:30-10:30 AM, Ross Hall 226

  • Test Dates for Spring 2016

    English Placement Test 1

    Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2016
    Time: 9:00 - 12:00 PM (Students must arrive by 8:30 AM)
    Location: TBA

    Make-up English Placement Test 2 (for late arrivals)

    Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016
    Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Students must arrive by 5:30 PM)
    Location: TBA

    About 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.

    >>Click here to signup for the EPT<<

    (Note: Online test registration will be available a week before each test date.)

    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.

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