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Department of English

The English Placement and Proficiency Examination (EPPE)

The Department of English at UNO uses a placement exam, the EPPE, to place students into the proper level of first-year composition. The English Department does not use ACT or SAT composite scores or subscores for placement into its composition courses nor does it accept other placement examinations from other institutions.

 

Who takes the EPPE?

The following students need to take the EPPE: all undergraduate students who are first-time freshmen, all international students, including some applying for graduate studies (students in this situation should check with advisors), and undergraduate transfer students not transferring equivalent composition courses into UNO. Students transferring in college composition credit deemed as equivalent to those classes at UNO or students presenting a 3, 4, or 5 on either Advanced Placement exams in English need NOT take the EPPE. (See Retroactive Credit Policy on this page's "hot box.")

When and how are results posted?

Placements are emailed or available for viewing within approximately 10 business days or less (excluding weekends and holidays) from the test date.

GOODRICH APPLICANTS: If you are applying for the Goodrich Scholarship Program, you must take the EPPE, regardless of any other college credit you may be transferring in or taking at UNO (AP credit, dual enrollment credit, transfer credit). Note: you do not need to retake the EPPE if you have taken it within the past two years. If you have not received your placement results, contact the Goodrich Program before contacting the English Department office, even if you have not been accepted into the Goodrich program or your acceptance is pending. The Goodrich Program can be reached at 554-2274. International students may also experience a delay in results. Goodrich applicants' EPPE results may take longer than 10 days to post.

What about transfer and international students?

Students transferring courses equivalent to UNO's Composition I or Composition I and II from UNL, UNK, Nebraska State Colleges, or Nebraska community colleges (with grades of C or better) do not need to take the EPPE.

Students transferring courses equivalent to UNO’s Composition I or Composition I and II (with grades of C or better) that were earned at other accredited American community colleges, colleges, or universities (including equivalent credit earned in dual enrollment programs), may not need to take the EPPE. Students should check with their academic advisors or call the English Department at 402-554-3476 for specific equivalency questions.

International students please note: English composition courses earned at foreign universities are NOT considered equivalent to UNO's composition sequence; exceptions to this may be courses deemed equivalent from baccalaureate programs from English speaking countries or provinces (England, English speaking Canada, Australia, etc.).

Can the EPPE be taken multiple times?

Students may take the EPPE twice in a calendar year. EPPE results are valid indefinitely. Please note: currently, Mavlink does not necessarily "see" a student's highest placement result. If this is the case, students should please contact the English Department at 402-554-3476.

What do the results mean?
Results
Meaning
Suggested Class
ENGL=2000 You've placed out of 1000 level composition and should contact your academic advisor regarding completion of your English and/or writing requirements. See advisor
ENGL=1160 You've placed into ENGL1160 or ENGL1164 English Composition, the "second" semester of English Composition. 1160 and 1164 are equivalent, three credit-hour courses. 1164 meets in a computer lab and carries a $4 lab fee, but computer literacy is NOT a requirement for 1164. ENGL 1160 or 1164
ENGL=1150 You've placed into ENGL1150 or ENGL1154 English Composition, the "first" semester of English Composition. 1150 and 1154 are equivalent, three credit-hour courses. 1154 meets in a computer lab and carries a $4 lab fee, but computer literacy is NOT a requirement for 1154. You must complete 1150 or 1154 with a grade of "C-" or better to enroll in 1160 or 1164. ENGL 1150 or 1154
ENGL=1050 You've tested into ENGL1050, College Reading Strategies ENGL 1050
ENGL=1090 You've placed into ENGL1090, English as a Second Language (I), a three credit-hour course in vocabulary, grammar, and composition skills for non-native speakers. You must complete 1090 with a grade of "C-" or better before enrolling in 1100. ENGL 1090
ENGL=1100 You've placed into ENGL1100, English as a Second Language (II), a three credit-hour course in vocabulary, grammar, and composition skills for non-native speakers. You must complete 1100 with a grade of "C-" or better before enrolling in 1150 or 1154. ENGL 1100
ENGL=1000 You have not placed into any English Department courses at UNO. This placement is reserved for non-native English speakers. See your international academic advisor. See advisor
What if ENGL 1050 is unavailable?

The English Department offers College Reading Strategiest, ENGL 1050, on an reduced basis. Students who test into 1050 can take ENGL-1050, a two credit-hour course in college-level vocabulary and reading comprehension for native speakers, if the course is available. If 105 is not available in a particular semester, students can exercise one of the two following options. The Department of English recommends the first option (Option 1).

Option 1: If you test into the 105 level, you should contact an area community college, such as Metropolitan Community College, and inquire about developmental reading and writing courses. After successful completion of these courses, you should contact the English Department at 402-554-3476 to determine your new placement.

Option 2 If, for whatever reason, you feel your placement exam result was not an accurate reflection of your true reading or writing abilities, you may retake the EPPE. Retesting, however, is no guarantee of a higher placement.