Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your exam without charge if you cancel by Friday at 5:00pm the week prior to the test week before the exam. You will be charged the $10.00 late cancellation fee if you cancel after 5:00pm the Friday the week prior to the test thru the Thursday at 12:00pm the week of the test. You will be charged the full amount if you cancel after 12:00pm the Thursday before the test.

You must cancel by email only, please do not call the office to cancel. All cancellations must be sent to testing@tamu.edu

Only one ELPE Registration date is open at a time, which is the most recent date.

Upcoming Test Dates
March 04.2017
April 01.2017
May 13.2017
June 17.2017
July 08.2017
August 05.2017
August 12.2017
August 19. 2017
August 20.2017

Additional dates will be posted later in the year.

Click here to register for the ELPE exam

Retest Request

The ELPE may only be taken once every three months.  Under specific circumstances, you may request a retest within that three month period.  To get permission to retest, you will need to do the following:

  1. Go to your departmental graduate advisor.  Ask that person to request a retest through the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.

  2. If your departmental graduate advisor agrees, he/she should submit to Dr. Butler-Purry in the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies the request to retest the English Language Proficiency Exam form. The Department Head must sign the submitted form.  Requests must be sent to Dr. Butler-Purry no later than  the Thursday before the week of the exam (i.e. SEVEN BUSINESS DAYS).

  3. If Dr. Butler-Purry approves the retest, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies will notify Testing Services of your approval for the retest.  Retest approvals must be received by Testing Services no later than the Friday before the week of the exam (i.e. SIX BUSINESS DAYS) before the exam so that these students can be included in the schedule which is emailed to students the Wednesday before the exam (i.e. THREE BUSINESS DAYS) before the exam.

  4. If you have received permission to retest you must bring either a copy of the e-mail from OGAPS stating you have been approved or a copy the approved Request to Retest the English Language Proficiency Examination Form.

  5. You are responsible for checking your eligibility to retest for the ELPE. You will not be notified by Testing Services If you need permission or if you are not eligible to test. Students who register and are ineligible or need permission will be deleted from the roster and will not be admitted on exam day.

  6. It is your responsibility as a retest student to register for the ELPE exam on the registration site.  If you are not registered and your are given permission to retest you will need to wait under the next exam when you can register.

You MUST have approval from the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies to re-test.  If you test without permission, you will be charged for the test, but your test will not be scored.
The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies uses the following guidelines to determine eligibility for retesting:

  • The department needs the student to work as a Teaching Assistant

  • The student has passed at least two sections of the ELPE AND

  • The two ELPE areas lacking have a minimum score of 75 in each from the last test that you took.  This does not include previous test dates.

Oral Skills Assessment
The Oral Skills Assessment has the following features:
1)  The Assessment is conducted by a panel of three trained people.
2)  The interview takes about ten minutes.
3)  The interviewers have pre‑session training to ensure common standards.
There are three segments to the Oral Skills Assessment

  1. A short reading passage from a text from the student’s major. 
  2. A brief (ten minute or less) lecture on a subject derived from an introductory textbook in the student’s major.  Students are given an extract from the text and given twenty minutes to prepare. 
  3. A short question and answer period on a topic chosen by the student from a list of possible topics (such as favorite film, a location near home they enjoy, etc.)

The criterion for this Assessment is whether the panel can understand what the person is saying.  Because the raters are not subject matter experts, the accuracy of what the person says does not matter, just whether they can be understood without difficulty.  The purpose of each section is to elicit samples of the student’s speaking.  To an extent, the more the student talks, the easier it is for the raters to make an evaluation. 
Assessment of Writing Skills
The composition assessment is a 30‑minute written essay on an assigned topic.  New test forms are used for each test administration and the writing prompts are academically oriented.   The following is one type of prompt that is used. 
"THE MOST SERIOUS THREAT TO WORLD SOCIETY:  ILLITERACY OR OVERPOPULATION (Note:  a brief definition of illiteracy was provided.)  Choose which of these problems you think is more serious and support your choice with specific discussion.  Include the causes and effects of the problem."
Each essay is graded by two raters with expertise in composition and training in the scale and standards used in our program.  If a discrepancy of 10 or more points exists between the two raters, then a third rater scores the paper.  Training sessions are held before each testing session to insure common standards.
The graders give scores in five areas:
Content                               Score Range: 13-30     Target: 25
Organization                      Score Range: 7-20       Target: 16
Vocabulary                         Score Range: 7-20       Target: 16
Language Usage               Score Range: 5-25       Target: 20
Mechanics                          Score Range: 2-5         Target: 3
The Targets are the average scores needed for passing.  Passing is based on a total score of 80, not on the sub-scores.
Click here for the scoring rubric.

Listening Comprehension and Reading Comprehension
These skills are measured through the Michigan English Language Proficiency series.   The Michigan series are objective tests designed to specifically measure the English skills of students for whom English is a second language.  The test is presented via a recording.
There are two types of items, questions or statements.  If the item is a question, the object is to choose the phrase that would be a reasonable answer to the question:
“Are you going to the football game?”

  1. Yes, I am.
  2. Yes, you are.
  3. Yes, he is.

For statements, the object is to choose a phrase that has a similar meaning to the statement:
      “I’ve just begun.”

  1. I am almost finished.
  2. I just finished.
  3. I just started.

Reading Comprehension:  These questions address understanding of a short   passage.  The following is an example of a reading comprehension item.
 While I was getting ready to go to town one morning last week, my wife handed me a little piece of red cloth and asked if I would have time during the day to buy her two yards of cloth like that.  I told her I would be glad to do it.  And putting the piece of cloth into my  pocket, I took the train for town.
The person telling the story is …

  1. a married lady.
  2. an unmarried lady.
  3. a married man.
  4. an unmarried man.

The author was given a piece of red cloth …

  1. in the morning.
  2. at noon.
  3. in the afternoon.
  4. in the evening.


  • Reading $5.00

  • Listening $5.00

  • Grammar $5.00

  • Vocabulary $5.00

  • Composition $25.00

  • Oral $45.00

For LATE cancellations, or NO SHOW, you will be charged for either the cost of the exam of the section or a minimum f $10.00.