Oral English Proficiency Program Department of English

OEPT Retest Policy

If a student does not meet the required score for certification, the preferred option for those students who score 40 or 45 is for the student to be enrolled in ENGL 62000, Classroom Communication for International Teaching Assistants. Students completing the course consistently report improvements in their spoken English that positively affect their work as teaching assistants, their graduate studies and professional development. Click here for information about enrolling in ENGL 62000.

In some cases, a department may not feel the score received on the Oral English Proficiency Test is an accurate reflection of a particular student’s ability to speak English, and may request that the student take the OEPT again. All requests for a student to retake the OEPT must be made by the department liaison. We do not accept requests from students.

If a student was ill on testing day or did not have access to test prep materials ahead of time, it may be appropriate to retest.  The department liaison should request a retest within 7 days of the original test administration. Requests for retests must be made by email and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please include the reasons for the request in the email.

Students who score 45 or 35 may retest after 6 months if they feel they can improve their score.

Students who score 40 on the test will be enrolled in ENGL 620 at the request of their department or placed on the ENGL 620 waiting list. Those who are not enrolled in ENGL 620 may retake the OEPT after one year if they feel they can improve their score.

Students who fail the OEPT and are not enrolled in ENGL 620 will remain on the waiting list for two years.

Students may not be registered for both the OEPT and the ENGL 620 course concurrently.

Students who have taken ENGL 620 and were not certified should retake the course in order to be certified

Students who fail the test are encouraged to consider the options listed in Community Resources in ESL for ways to work on improving their oral English before they retake the test.

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