English Placement Test

By university policy, most international students must take an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Placement Test before registering for classes even if they have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL.

Who Should Take the EAP?

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a graduate student for whom English is not a native or first language (as defined by university policies), you are required to take the EAP Placement Test before the start of your first semester at IUPUC. You are also required to take any supplemental English courses that may be prescribed from the results of your exam.  

If you are an international student who is admitted to IUPUC, you will receive a letter of admission from the Office of Recruitment and Admissions indicating if you need to take the EAP test.

Because the pacement test is used to accurately determine your English language skill level, you do not need to "prepare" for it. Once your EAP test is scored, your scores are used so that we can assign the EAP classes that best meet your needs and that will provide the type of favorable English experiences necessary for a successful academic career at IUPUC.

After your placement test is completed and scored, we will recommend the courses in which you should enroll, however, in some cases the credits may not count toward your degree.

Test Information

The EAP test uses the ACT/Compass ESL Placement Test, which is a computer-adaptive test, along with an essay to confirm your English language proficiency. Because it is a placement test, there are no textbooks that you can study to improve your score. The test consists of three parts.

  1. Grammar/usage: Assesses your ability to recognize and manipulate the grammatical structures and elements of standard American English.
  2. Reading: Assesses your ability to read a variety of reading passages and understand both explicitly stated and inferred ideas.
  3. Listening: Assesses your ability to understand spoken English, including short academic-style lectures.

A written essay is also part of the test. The essay is used to assess your ability to write on a specific topic in a limited period. You will use your personal experience and observations to complete the essay. No outside sources need be cited and no specific knowledge in a certain area is required.

There is no time limit on the ACT/Compass ESL sections of the test, but most students complete the test in 2.5 hours or less. You can find information, including sample questions, about the EAP Placement Test online at http://www.act.org/esl/.

The scores you receive on the different parts of the test are used to place you into, or exempt you from, EAP classes at IUPUC, which are designed to provide non-native speakers of English with language support for academic success.

Testing Location and Contact Information

  • Placement Testing Center
    Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC)
    4601 Central Avenue
    Columbus, IN 47203
    Phone: 812.348.7271