International Student Placement Exams
EPPE (English Placement and Proficiency Exam) for International Students
The English Placement and Proficiency Exam (EPPE), a 90 minute timed essay, may be required for international students and those who are required to show English proficiency for admittance, including some applying for graduate programs. Contact your UNO academic advisor to determine if the EPPE is required for you. You may take the EPPE twice in a calendar year. A third attempt will not be graded
- To place into ENGL 1090 without taking the EPPE, you need to meet one of the following criteria
- Paper TOEFL: A score of 500 or higher
- Internet TOEFL: A score of 61 or higher
- IELTS: A score of 6.0 or higher
- PTE (Pearson Test of English): A score of 44
- If you want to place higher than ENGL 1090, you will need to take the EPPE.
- Certain students may be exempt from taking the EPPE. Check with your UNO Academic Advisor: Students with composition credit deemed equivalent to UNO’s ENGL-1150 and/or ENGL-1160.
Register for the EPPE
- Enter MavLINK
- Click on Academics
- Under Academics Click on Register for Exams
- On the Test Registration Management page
- Under My Pending Tests
- Click on the Click Here to Register for Exams Bar
Under Choose a Group select Placement Exams
Under Choose an Exam select English Placement Exam International Student
Select the day you are going to take the exam from the calendar under Choose a Date. (Available test dates will be indicated by bolded numbers in the month they are to be taken).
Under Choose a Time select a time from the list of available times in the drop down box.
Complete the required fields. (Fields may auto fill).
Acknowledge the information by clicking the check box under the scroll box.
Click Add to Cart
Click Complete Registration
Your registration is now complete!
You are required to register at least one week prior to the date you wish to take the exam. On the day of your exam, a 2-hour testing window is scheduled which includes check-in, instructions, testing, and check-out.
Be sure to report at least 15 minutes before the exam start time to begin the check-in process. You will need your MavCard or some other form of Photo ID to be admitted to the exam.
Taking the English Placement Exam International Students
You need to know your UNO NetID credentials (Username and password). This is not the 8 digit number but is created using parts of your first and last name.
You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam. Please use all of your time to craft a strong essay. Be sure to closely read your essay prompt so that you can accurately answer your selected question. Craft sentences that are varied and well-constructed. Summarize the original author accurately and effectively integrate the author's points into your essay. Don't forget to proofread your essay before submitting.
When you are sure you are finished click Save. Once you click Save, you can no longer access the test to make changes.
• With in the text editor, you can click (double arrows up icon) to show more or fewer text editing options.
• To expand the text box you are typing in to full screen mode click (full screen icon). In full screen mode, the test timer disappears. Click the icon again to return to regular screen mode.
Timed Test: This test has a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes. This test will automatically save and submit when the time expires.
Multiple Attempts: This test can be taken twice in a calendar year. A third attempt will not be graded! You will also have to re-register through MavLINK to take the exam a second time.
General Placement Exam Guidelines
Students are expected to abide by UNO’s policy on Academic Integrity. Failure to do so may result in one or more of the following: (but is not limited to) cancellation of test results, being declared ineligible for admission to UNO, and/or expulsion from the institution.
- The Testing Center cancels exams due to inclement weather or other emergencies only if the University officially closes. Announcements are made via local media, UNO’s emergency site and at 402.554.2255.
- Only examinees are allowed in testing rooms.
- Food and drink are NOT ALLOWED.
Students who have disabilities or needs that require accommodations need to contact Accessibility Services at 402.554.2872. After your plan is established, email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about testing accommodations.
English Placement and Proficiency Exam Friday Schedule
(Excluding Finals Week and Holidays)
|January 3, 2020||9:00 AM||Through December 29, 2019|
|January 17, 2020||1:30 PM||Through January 12, 2020|
|January 31, 2020||9:00 AM||Through January 25, 2020|
|February 14, 2020||1:30 PM||Through February 9, 2020|
|February 28, 2020||9:00 AM||Through February 23, 2020|
|March 13, 2020||1:30 PM||Through March 8, 2020|
|Mar 27, 2020||9:00 AM||Through Mar 22, 2020|
|April 10, 2020||1:30 PM||Through April 5, 2020|
|April 24, 2020||9:00 AM||Through April 19, 2020|
|May 15, 2020||1:30 PM||Through May 10, 2020|
|May 29, 2020||9:00 AM||Through May 24, 2020|
|June 12, 2020||1:30 PM||Through June 7, 2020|
|June 26, 2020||9:00 AM||Through June 21, 2020|
|July 10, 2020||1:30 PM||Through July 5, 2020|
|July 24, 2020||9:00 AM||Through July 19, 2020|
|August 7, 2020||1:30 PM||Through August 2, 2020|
|August 21, 2020||9:00 AM||Through August 16, 2020|
|September 4, 2020||1:30 PM||Through August 31, 2020|
|September 18, 2020||9:00 AM||Through September 13, 2020|
|October 2, 2020||1:30 PM||Through September 27, 2020|
|October 16, 2020||9:00 AM||Through October 11, 2020|
|October 30, 2020||1:30 PM||Through October 25, 2020|
|November 13, 2020||9:00 AM||Through November 8, 2020|
|December 4, 2020||1:30 PM||Through November 29, 2020|
|December 11, 2020||9:00 AM||Through December 6, 2020|
Your grades can be accessed two ways:OPTION 1
Placement results will also be emailed to each student.
- Enter via MavLINK
- Click on Academics
- Under Academics click on Register for Exams
- On the Test Registration Management page
- Under My Past Tests
- Click on Grades under Actions
EPPE Scores Explained
|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|
|You have received an EPPE score of 6. Please register for ENGL 1160 or ENGL 1164, the "second" semester of English Composition. 1160 and 1164 are equivalent three credit-hour courses. Honors students should register for ENGL 2160.||ENGL 1160 or 1164|
|You have received an EPPE score of 5. Please register for ENGL 1150 or ENGL 1154, the "first" semester of English Composition. 1150 and 1154 are equivalent three credit-hour courses.||ENGL 1150 or 1154|
|You have received an EPPE score of 4. At this time, your essay submission does not demonstrate readiness for ENGL 1150 Composition I. Please register for ENGL 1010 Genre Studeies: Prose; ENGL 1020 Genre Studies: Poetry, Drama, and Film; or ENGL 1030 US Cultures in Literature. These General Education courses will expose you to the practice of academic reading and writing. In order to be placed into ENGL 1150 Composition I, you will need to retake the EPPE.||ENGL 1010, 1020, or 1030|
|You've placed into ENGL 1100, 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|
|You've placed into ENGL 1090, 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|
|You have not placed into any Department of English courses at UNO. This placement is reserved for non-native English speakers. See your academic adivisor or contact the English Department.||See Advisor|
|You have not followed directions. Please register to take the EPPE again. When you retake it, please follow the directions.||Retake the EPPE|
EPPEs Taken Before December 2019
If you took the EPPE before December 2019 and received a score of ENGL 1050 or ENGL 1200, please retake the EPPE.
If you received a score of ENGL 2000, please see your advisor. If you received a score of ENGL 1160, please register for Composition II, and if you received a score of ENgL 1150, please register for Composition I.
The Privacy Act prohibits the releasing of test results by phone; please DO NOT phone for your results.
Do I need to take the EPPE?
Contact your UNO Academic Advisor.
Registration and General Exam Process Questions:
Fall and Spring Orientation Placement Exams for International Students
International undergraduate students may take the International Placement Exams during Spring or Fall Orientation held the week before classes start. Contact the International Studies Office for eligibility guidelines. Placement is required before enrolling in English or Mathematics courses.
International Student Placement Exam Schedule
|Test Date||Check-In||Test Time|
January 7, 2020
|10:30 AM||11:00 AM|