LOEP (Levels of English Proficiency)
Frequently Asked Questions

LOEP is part of college enrollment procedure for students whose first language
is not English. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about LOEP.
To learn more about the LOEP test, see a description of each of the tests below.

What is LOEP?

LOEP stands for Levels Of English Proficiency. It is a computerized assessment designed to help you identify your basic skill level in three areas of English: listening, reading, and grammar/writing.

Why do I need to take LOEP?

Your LOEP scores will help you and your academic advisor decide what classes you will take as you begin your study. Results will be displayed on a computer print out for you after you have completed your tests.

Who has to take LOEP?

Permanent residents of the United States who do not speak English as their first language take LOEP. Permanent residents of other countries must present high TOEFL scores instead of LOEP scores before they can be admitted.

Can I fail this test?

This is not a pass or fail test. The scores will tell you what level of English study will fit you best.

How long will this test take?

You should plan on up to four hours. During this time you will answer approximately 60 questions related to language use in English and write an essay. You will also take a mathematics test called ACCUPLACER with up to 37 questions. Everything will be done on a computer, even writing the essay.

What if I think the test has made a mistake?

You can take the test again if you think there has been a mistake. You will have to pay for retaking the test. Also your instructor will give a test on the first day of class to make sure you are in the right place. If you are not, your instructor will move you to a class that fits your skills better.

Description of each of the tests you will be taking.

Reading Skills:
Students read passages of 50 to 90 words and then answer questions about their reading. The reading passages will be about a variety of different topics. They may read about the arts, science, or history. Half of the test questions ask about information that is stated in the passage. The other half will ask students to identify the main ideas, or fact vs. opinion, or the author's point of view.
Language Use:
This test measures the students' understanding of the English vocabulary. The sentences come from a variety of different subject areas. Students are asked questions about basic and important idioms, particularly terms of beauty, age, greatness, and size, adverbs such as before, after, during, and prepositions of directions and place (from, to, at, etc.).
Students will have 60 minutes to write an essay on a topic provided by the administrator. Students are asked to organize their ideas carefully and to present them in more than one paragraph.
Listening Test:
The test measures the ability to listen to and understand one or more people speaking in English. The conversations take place in academic environments such as lecture halls, study sessions, a computer lab, the library, the gymnasium, and the like; and in everyday environments such as at home, shopping, at a restaurant, at a dentist's office, listening to the radio, reading the newspaper, and performing tasks at work.
Math Test: (includes 2 tests)
This test measures your skills in thee categories:
1. Operations with whole numbers and fractions
2. Operations with decimals and percents.
3. Applications and problem-solving.
Elementary Algebra:
This test measures skills in three categories:
1. Operations with integers and rational numbers.
2. Operations with algebraic expressions.
3. Equation solving, inequalities, and word problems.

Preparing for the Test

Relax! The LOEP English tests and ACCUPLACER mathematics tests are designed to help you succeed in school. Once you identify your academic strengths and weaknesses, you can get the help you need to improve English and mathematics skills before they interfere with your learning.
You will be able to concentrate better on the test if you get plenty of rest and eat properly prior to the test. You should arrive a few minutes early so that you can find the testing center, find your seat, and gather your thoughts.
Be sure you understand the directions before the test begins.
After you have submitted answers, you cannot go back and change your answer. Your answer is your final answer.
If you have a problem or question during the test, raise your hand and the test administrator will help you. Although they cannot answer test questions for you, they can help with other types of problems.
You cannot use a calculator.
This test is your first step to a successful college career.