Prospective Students

English Placement Test Topics

EPT Grammar Skills Requirements

Parts of speech:

• Nouns: gerunds, countable/uncountable,
    o Swimming is fun.
    o There is so much water in that lake.
• Verbs: regular/irregular, action/state, infinitives
    o All tenses: simple present, present continuous, present perfect, present perfect simple, past, past continuous, and future
• Adverbs- modals,
• Adjectives: more, most, many, comparatives, superlatives, present participles, and past participles
• All Pronouns: anyone, subject, object, reflexive, possessive, (other, another, the other), and relative …
• Indefinite Pronouns: All, some, any, several, anyone, nobody, everyone, each, both, few, either, none, one and no one
• Demonstrative pronouns: this, that, these, those
• Prepositions


- Correct: If I were you, I would tell the truth.
- Incorrect: If I was you, I tell the truth.

Use of:

Used to
Despite- in spite of

Sentence structures:

Not only…but
The more…the more
Never + verb + pronoun


- Correct: I woke up, got dressed, and went out.
- Incorrect: I woke up, getting dressed, and went out.

Embedded questions

- Correct: Can you tell me what the time is?
- Incorrect: Can you tell mewhat is the time?

Mistakes commonly made by francophone students

- Correct: This book offers very interesting information
- Incorrect: This book offers very interesting informations

EPT Reading & Listening Skills Requirements

-Identify audience and purpose of a text
- Use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words and expressions in reading materials
- Identify main ideas and supporting details
- Identify organizational patterns of texts
- Draw inferences based on information presented in the text
- Identify author’s tone
- Identify bias in texts
- Match synonyms and antonyms
- Explain analogies
- Answer factual questions about the text (who, what, when, where, how)
- Answer inferential questions about the text
- Distinguish fact from fiction
- Distinguish fact from opinion
- Identify the most important or relevant information from a reading selection
- Compare/contrast characters, events, ideas from reading selections.
- Compare/contrast characters, events, ideas from reading selections to real life
- Explain cause and effect relationships from reading selections
- Retell events from a story in sequence
- Interpret implied meanings.
- Explain metaphors and similes found in reading selections
- Identify text structure in nonfiction selections (cause/effect, sequence, compare/contrast)

EPT Writing Skills Requirements

- Avoid sentence fragments, faulty parallelism, dangling modifiers, comma splices, wordiness, redundancy
- Write effective topic sentences
- Write effective concluding sentences
- Write effective introductory and concluding paragraphs
- Write an outline
- Write a five- paragraph expository/persuasive essay
- Write a stated thesis statement
- Support ideas with relevant details and explanations
- Follow a logical sequence in presenting ideas
- Use smooth transitions between ideas (within and between paragraphs)

EPT Speaking Skills Requirements

- Talk about likes and dislikes
- Compare two things
- Talk about jobs
- Talk about the weather
- Restate the main idea and incorporate the most important supporting ideas and details
- Construct an oral summary
- Use limited transitions of addition, sequence, exemplification, comparison/ contrast and clauses introducing opinion and fact
- Initiate and continue a conversation
- Answer basic questions on personal and concrete topics
- Use formulaic expressions such as greetings, making polite requests and leave-taking
- Produce sentences with appropriate word order in the main clause.
- Produce coordinated clauses with appropriate word order
- Produce some complement clauses (think/say, want/like)
- Produce adverb clauses of reason (because)
- Produce sentences with correct tenses