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.

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.).


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.)


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