Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) Test

The Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) assessment is a collection of tests that place students with limited English skills into language courses that meet and challenge their skillset. 

Students Required to Take the LOEP

You are required to take the LOEP if you:

  • Are a permanent U.S. resident and do not speak English as your first language.

Schedule Your LOEP

Schedule your LOEP assessment for a time that works best for you.

Taking the LOEP

The LOEP test consists of five components:

  • Reading Skills
  • Online Essay
  • Language Use
  • Listening
  • Math

Reading Skills

You will read passages of 50 – 90 words and answer questions about the reading. The passages are about many different topics, such as art or history. Half of the test questions ask about the written content. The other half will ask you to identify main ideas, fact versus opinion or the author's point of view.

Online Essay

You will have 40 minutes to write an essay on a topic provided to you. You will be asked to carefully organize your ideas and present them in more than one paragraph.

Language Use

This test measures your understanding of English vocabulary. The sentences come from a variety of different subject areas. You will be asked questions about basic and important idioms, particularly terms of beauty, age, greatness and size. Other test subjects include adverbs (before, after, during, etc.), as well as prepositions (from, to, at, etc.).

Listening

The test measures the ability to listen to and understand one or more people speaking in English. The conversations take place in academic environments (lecture halls, study sessions, a computer lab, the library, etc.), and in everyday environments (home, work, stores, a restaurant, dentist's office, listening to the radio, etc.)

Math

The math assessment will be tested with ALEKS PPL. This portion of the test is 30 questions.

LOEP scoring

Listening

Score Class Recommendation
Listening 56-67 ES 101
Listening 65-74 ES 102
Listening 75-80 ES 103
Listening 81-90 ES 104
  • Scores below 56 indicate need for additional community education- survival English before enrolling at GRCC.

Reading

Score Class Recommendation
Reading 56-77 ES 121
Reading 78-86 ES 122
Reading 87-93 ES 123
Reading 94-105 ES 124
  • Scores below 56 indicate need for additional community education- survival English before enrolling at GRCC.

Writing/Grammar

Writing Grammar Class Recommendation
Writeplacer  1-2  Language  Use 56-72 ES 111
Writeplacer  2-3  Language Use 73-86 ES 112
Writeplacer  3-4  Language Use 87-97 ES 113
Writeplacer  4-5  Language Use 98-106 ES 114
Writeplacer 6 NA No Placement
  • Scores below 56 indicate need for additional community education- survival English before enrolling at GRCC.