PIESL provides a number of English language testing services to the UNL community. Prospective students whose native language is not English have several options for demonstrating their proficiency in academic English as part of their application process, including the in-house English Placement Examination (EPE). The EPE is also used for assessing the linguistic readiness of admitted students as they begin their study at an institution where English is the medium of instruction. Assignment to Credit English as a Second Language coursework stems from a student's performance on the EPE.
Another service of the PIESL is SPEAK® testing, a retired version of the Test of Spoken English used for assessing the oral English ability of prospective international teaching assistants who will be participating in the Institute for International Teaching Assistants. For students who are registered for any upcoming SPEAK® administration, practice materials are made available here with the kind permission of Educational Testing Services, publisher of SPEAK®. (Note: These files are very large; a broadband internet connection is recommended for their use.)
PIESL welcomes special requests for English language assessment from departments and organizations from both inside and outside UNL. Whether you are in need of individual or group services, formal or informal assessment, we would be happy to discuss ways that we can assist you.
For a listing of scheduled testing dates, times, and places, see our calendar of events. To register for tests, please call or stop by our office.
Credit English as a Second Language
These classes, coordinated by PIESL, are designed to give students the extra language support they need...
Institute for International Teaching Assistants
The Institute for International Teaching Assistants is offered by the Office of Graduate Studies in cooperation with PIESL faculty.