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).

  • 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 / 294-6398 (226 Ross Hall)

  • Off-campus (distance-ed) students are required to complete the written part of the test, which is available online. Please contact the English Placement Test Coordinator (ept@iastate.edu) to schedule the test. NetID is required for online testing.

    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 2015

    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: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
    Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Students must arrive by 8:30 AM)
    Location: To be announced

    NO Make-up English Placement Test (for students who arrive late on campus)

    Test Result Pick-up (for Graduate Students)
    Time: Friday, June 12, 2015, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Ross 226

    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 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.

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

    Tentative Future Test Dates

    Fall 2015
    English Placement Test 1 (for early check-in students)

    Date: Friday, August 14, 2015
    Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Students must arrive by 12:30 PM)
    Location: To be announced

    English Placement Test 2

    Date: Monday, August 17, 2015
    Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Students must arrive by 12:30 PM)
    Location: To be announced

    English Placement Test 3

    Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2015
    Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Students must arrive by 8:30 AM)
    Location: To be announced

    Make-up English Placement Test 4 (for late arrivals)

    Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Students must arrive by 5:30 PM)
    Location: To be announced

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