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English Proficiency Test

The English Proficiency Test (EPT) is an in-house test that the English Language Program developed in conjunction with Planning and Evaluation Services.

Purpose
The EPT has three primary purposes. The first is to screen graduate students who have TOEFL scores between 550 and 600 for University support courses (see the section on University Support Courses). The second purpose is to determine eligibility for admission of students who do not have TOEFL scores or who have a score below 550. The last purpose for the EPT is to place students in the appropriate levels within the ELP.

Scoring
For incoming students the purpose of the test is to identify any weaknesses in their English skills. Based on the test results, the English Language Program will recommend courses to correct those weaknesses so that students can succeed in their classes at KSU. It will be announced before the test, where and when to expect your results.

The test takes approximately two hours and consists of the following parts:

PART TIME PASSING SCORE
Essay 35 mins 39 pts.
Listening 30 mins. 57 pts.
Structure (Grammar) 25 mins. 57 pts.
Reading 35 mins. 57 pts.
TOTAL approx. 2 hrs. NA

Sample Test Questions

 

English Proficiency Test (EPT) vs. TOEFL
A TOEFL score is a converted score. It has a mean of 50 and a standard deviation of 5. A 55 on the TOEFL is one standard deviation above the mean and a 60 on the TOEFL is 2 standard deviations above the mean.

The English Proficiency Test (EPT) is an in-house test developed and used at K-State. Like the TOEFL, it also tests listening, structure, and reading. It also has a 35-minute essay. The EPT has a mean of 50 but a standard deviation of 10. A 60 on the EPT is one standard deviation above the mean and a 70 is 2 standard deviations above the mean. A 55 on the TOEFL is equivalent to a 60 on the EPT.