Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) Test

The Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) Test is a computer-based skill assessment designed to place English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students in the most appropriate language courses. The LOEP test is required for permanent residents of the United States whose first language is not English.  Students are allowed to retest one time for a $20 fee.

The testing requirements are the same as the Accuplacer and ALEKS PPL tests and are administered in the same locations. 

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

Reading Skills

Students answer questions after reading passages of 50 to 90 words about a vairety of topics including arts, science, and history. Half of the questions concern information that is stated in the passage and half ask students to identify the main ideas and to distinguish fact from opinion.

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

The test measures English vocabulary comprehension by having students read and answer questions about sentences dealing with a variety of subject areas. The questions ask students to identify basic, important idioms. particularly terms of beauty, age, greatness, and size; adverbs such as before, after, and during; and prepositions of directions and place (from, to, at, etc.).


The test measures students' ability to understand English conversations in a variety of settings including a lecture hall, study group, computer lab, library, gymnasium, retail business, restaurant, dentist's office, work and home.


The math assessment includes tests for arithmetic 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