Academic English Language Program (AEP) Placement Test Information

For University of Washington use ONLY

The AEP Placement test given by the University of Washington's Testing Center is for University of Washington students only. The results will not be sent to any other institution. To learn more about the University of Washington's English Language Proficiency Requirement, please visit the UW Registrar website.


FEE:

Test fee is $90.00 for a full test, payable by cash or check at the time of testing.

PARTIAL TEST FEE: If you only need to take the Reading/Writing portion or the Listening portion of the test, the fee for a single section is $45.00.

REGISTRATION: PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by calling the Office of Educational Assessment at 206-543-1171 or in-person in Schmitz Hall, rm. 440. Register approximately two weeks in advance of the desired test date. Space is limited.
SCORES: 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.
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.

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.

Test Schedule

Test Dates   Reporting Times
August 20, 2014 Wednesday 1:15 pm for Full Test & Listening Only
2:15 pm for Reading/Writing Only
September 8, 2014 Monday 1:15 pm for Full Test & Listening Only
2:15 pm for Reading/Writing Only
September 11, 2014 Thursday 9:15 am for Full Test & Listening Only
10:15 am for Reading/Writing Only
September 15, 2014 Monday 1:15 pm for Full Test & Listening Only
2:15 pm for Reading/Writing Only
September 18, 2014 Thursday 9:15 am for Full Test & Listening Only
10:15 am for Reading/Writing Only
November 19, 2014 Wednesday 9:15 am for Full Test & Listening Only
10:15 am for Reading/Writing Only
December 3, 2014 Wednesday 1:15 pm for Full Test & Listening Only
2:15 pm for Reading/Writing Only
December 8, 2014 Monday 1:15 pm for Full Test & Listening Only
2:15 pm for Reading/Writing Only
December 15, 2014 Monday 1:15 pm for Full Test & Listening Only
2:15 pm for Reading/Writing Only
March 4, 2015 Wednesday 1:15 pm for Full Test & Listening Only
2:15 pm for Reading/Writing Only
March 11, 2015 Wednesday 1:15 pm for Full Test & Listening Only
2:15 pm for Reading/Writing Only
March 16, 2015 Monday 1:15 pm for Full Test & Listening Only
2:15 pm for Reading/Writing Only
May 13, 2015 Wednesday 1:15 pm for Full Test & Listening Only
2:15 pm for Reading/Writing Only

 

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


Academic English Language Program (AEP) Placement Test

The purpose of this 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: maximum 1 hour

The academic listening test consists of a short lecture or extract from a lecture (15-20 minutes) on a topic of general interest. Candidates view the lecture on video and take notes as they listen. After the lecture, candidates complete the test using their notes. The test consists of multiple choice and short answer questions. A total of 50 points is 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: maximum 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.