Oral English Proficiency Testing, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Oral English Proficiency Testing

Non-native English speaking graduate students who are prospective teaching assistants at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are encouraged to demonstrate oral English proficiency prior to arriving on campus. The University will accept current speaking scores from the Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Version. TOEFL and IELTS speaking scores are considered current if earned within two years prior to admission to the University. If current speaking scores are not available from these tests, the University of Illinois administers the English Proficiency Interview (EPI) on campus.

EPI Information

The following chart provides minimum score requirements for all non-native speakers of English to be considered for teaching assistantships:

English Proficiency Test

Minimum Score Required

Additional information



Administered at Illinois


24 (speaking sub-section)


IELTS (academic exam)

8 (speaking sub-section)