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Levels Of English Proficiency (LOEP) Test

Levels Of English Proficiency Test (LOEP) is a computer-adaptive battery of tests designed to place students of limited English proficiency in appropriate language courses. LOEP was developed as an assessment tool for English as Second Language (ESL) students and English as Foreign Language (EFL) students. The LOEP test is required for permanent residents of the United States who do not speak English as their first language.

The testing requirements are the same as the Accuplacer test and are administered in the same locations. For more information, please visit the Accuplacer page

The LOEP test consists of five components: Reading Skills, Online Essay, Language Use, Listening, and Math.

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.

Online Essay

Students will have 40 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.

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.).

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 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

The math assessment includes two test for Arithmatic and Elementary Algebra.

The Arithmetic test measures your skills in these categories:

  • Operations with whole numbers and fractions
  • Operations with decimals and percents
  • Applications and problem-solving

The Elementary Algebra test measures your skills in these categories:

  • Operations with integers and rational numbers
  • Operations with algebraic expressions
  • Equation solving, inequalities, and word problems