Office of Educational Assessment

AEP

Academic English Language Program

The AEP (English Language Program) test is an internal placement test that can be taken by current and prospective UW students. The results will not be sent to any other institution or department.  To learn more about the University of Washington’s English Language Proficiency Requirement, please visit the UW Registrar website.

FEE: $50 – Reading/Writing portion of the test
$50 – Listening portion of the test
$100 – full test

Fees are payable to the University of Washington at the time of testing, in cash or check only. Credit and debit cards are NOT accepted.

LOCATION: Room 440, Schmitz Hall, Testing Center
REGISTRATION:

To register for an exam, please call (206-543-1171), email (testingcenter@uw.edu) or stop by during Testing Center hours. 

Register approximately two weeks in advance of the desired test date. Space is limited.

ON THE DAY OF THE TEST: The examinee must bring picture identification, #2 pencils, and know her/his UW student number or social security number. You should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled reporting time. If you arrive without photo identification or after the scheduled reporting time, you will not be admitted to the examination.No aids are permitted during the test. You may not bring dictionaries, books, scratch paper, calculators, or notebooks with you on the day of the test.
RESULTS: Test results will be processed within two weeks or before the beginning of the quarter – whichever is sooner. If your placement changes as a result of this test, your MyUW unofficial transcript will be updated. Check your MyUW two weeks from the test date or just before classes start to see which courses you are required to take. If your placement did not change, the requirements will not change. If your placement did change, the requirements will be different.
RETESTS: Retests may be taken 60 days after the examinee’s most recent test date. All sections of the test are considered when making AEP placement decisions, so it is important for test takers to complete the entire test.

Schedule

The AEP is administered on each of the dates shown below. Please arrive at 1:15 if you plan to take the Listening portion of the test or if you plan to take both the Listening and Reading/Writing portions. Please arrive at 2:15 if you plan to take only the Reading/Writing portion.

May 16, Monday June 7, Tuesday July 5, Tuesday
August 2, Tuesday August 23, Tuesday September 6, Tuesday
September 13, Tuesday September 20, Tuesday

Disability Accommodation

To request disability accommodation for testing, please contact the OEA Testing Center at (206) 543-1171 or via email at testingcenter@u.washington.edu before registering for the test.


More Information

The purpose of Academic English Language Program (AEP) Placement Test is to determine the English proficiency level of UW students who come from non-English speaking backgrounds. If a student’s level of proficiency meets the standards required by UW, that student is exempt from taking English language courses. If a student’s level of proficiency is below the standard, the test will determine how much and what type of support is required.

Academic Listening Comprehension: 1 hour

The academic listening test consists of a short lecture or extract from a lecture (12-15 minutes) on a topic of general interest. Candidates view the lecture on video and take notes as they listen. The video can only be viewed once. After the lecture, candidates complete a 45 minute test using their notes. The test consists of multiple choice and short answer questions. Students who finish early are allowed to leave the testing room. A total of 28 points are available. A score of 70% is accepted as proof of proficiency and will exempt a student from the requirement to take the Academic Listening Comprehension course (ENGL 104).

Academic Reading and Writing: 1 hour

You will read an extract from an academic article that presents a challenge or problem. The article is about 500 words. There is also some data in a chart or table that illustrates the information from the article. The task is to summarize the problem that is described in the article, explain how the data in the chart(s) illustrate the problem, and to present a possible solution to the problem. You should write a well organized, fully developed response containing all those elements. Your writing will be evaluated on:

  • demonstration of reading comprehension and critical thinking
  • your ability to integrate and organize information from different sources
  • your control of English grammar and use of appropriate vocabulary

Hints for doing well:

DO read the question carefully and make sure your answer includes all required elements.
DO read the text carefully and make sure you understand the main ideas without worrying too much about individual words.
DO study the charts carefully and think about how the information is connected.
DO use an appropriate academic style and paraphrase information.
DO present your ideas clearly and provide support for them.

DON’T copy large chunks of text.
DON’T just describe the information from the charts; explain and integrate it.
DON’T try to do more than the task requires or shift the topic.
DON’T misrepresent ideas or information.

Test Preparation

No special preparation is required to be successful on this test but there are many things you can do to increase your confidence and skills. To prepare for the listening test, we recommend you watch lectures on UWTV, for example. Practice taking notes, paying particular attention to the main points of the lecture and how a speaker organizes ideas and concepts. Work with others to compare notes, summarize, and discuss the content.

To prepare for the reading and writing test, we recommend that you read textbooks or magazines on topics of general interest, for example: National Geographic, New Scientist, or Smithsonian Magazine. Observe how graphic information is described and used to support ideas in the passage. Pay attention to the language of data commentary. Practice writing about topics about which you have an opinion and develop your skills at presenting and supporting arguments in writing. Time yourself and try to increase your writing fluency. Ask for feedback from proficient academic English writers.

If you know that your control of grammar is weak, study a grammar book and observe how grammar is used, pay attention to grammar while you read. Build your academic vocabulary by reading, reading, and more reading.