AEP Placement Test

The AEP Placement Test is an internal online test that's intended primarily for current UW students who need to meet UW's English language proficiency requirement. There are two separate placement tests: Listening and Reading/Writing

The placement tests are designed to place students into AEP courses ENGL 102, ENGL 103 or ENGL 104. If you receive high scores on the tests, you may be exempt from one or more of these courses. Test results are used solely for AEP placement and are not sent to any other institution or department. 

Learn more about the University of Washington’s English language proficiency requirements for undergraduate and graduate students. 

Test Details




  • Listening: $50
  • Reading/Writing: $50

Fees are due at the time of registration and are nonrefundable.

If you have a full athletic scholarship, the Athletics department may be willing to cover the cost of your test. Email an AEP adviser at least one week before the test date to inquire. Include your name, student number, and date and time you want to test.

Test Dates

Information about upcoming test dates is available on the registration website.


  1. Visit the registration website.
  2. Click Register Now.
  3. Fill in all required personal information.
  4. Select one or both test dates, depending on the requirement you need to meet. 
  5. Double-check your personal and registration information on the Summary page, then continue to the Payment page.
  6. Enter your credit card information to complete payment. A registration confirmation will be emailed to you.

Registration closes two days (48 hours) before the scheduled test.

Test fees are nonrefundable, and rescheduling is not possible. Please don't register for a test if you're uncertain about your availability. 

Before the Test

The day before your test, you should: 

  1. Review testing information in your registration confirmation email.
  2. Download Google Chrome.
  3. Download Proctorio and review Proctorio information.
  4. Take the practice test. You'll get access to the Canvas test site at around noon the day before your test. Login with your UW NetID, and practice using Proctorio. If you're taking the Listening test, practice using the Whiteboard tool to take notes. 

At Test Time

About 15 minutes before your test is scheduled to begin, you should: 

  1. Log in to UW Canvas test site with your UW NetID.
  2. Select the AEP Placement Test course.
  3. Make sure you're situated in a quiet room with no distractions.
  4. Turn off and put away your cell phone.
  5. Clear your desk. You don't need scrap paper. If you're taking the Listening Test, you'll use the Whiteboard tool in Proctorio to take notes. 
  6. Make sure your webcam is turned on.
  7. Have your headset ready (Listening Test only).
  8. Have one of the following photo identifications ready: Husky Card or passport. Open your passport to the photo page.

If you need technical help during the test, contact Proctorio directly from within Canvas. Do not leave or turn off the test.

Test Results

You will get your test results by email within two weeks or before the beginning of the quarter, whichever comes first. Your unofficial transcript on MyUW will also be updated if your placement changes as result of your test.  

If you have questions about your placement results, contact an AEP adviser.

Disability Accommodations

To request disability accommodation for testing, contact an AEP adviser at least one to two weeks before registering for the test. Make sure you have met with the Disability Resources for Students office first. Include documentation from the DRS office stating the accommodation needs. Do not send a diagnosis. 

More Information

The purpose of AEP Placement Test is to determine the English proficiency level of UW students who come from non-English speaking backgrounds. This test will determine if a student’s English proficiency level meets the standard required by the UW.

If a student’s level of proficiency meets the standards required by the UW, that student is exempt from taking English language courses.

If a student’s level of proficiency is below the standard, the test will determine the English course to register and complete to meet standard requirements.

Test Format

Academic Listening Comprehension: 1 Hour

  • View a 12- to 15-minute short lecture or extract from a lecture on a general topic.
  • Take notes during the video on a Proctorio Whiteboard in Canvas.
  • After the lecture, you'll have 45 minutes to respond to questions, using your notes from the Whiteboard. Question types may include true/false and multiple choice.
  • Scoring:
    • 70%+ exempts you from ENGL 104 (Essentials of College Reading & Writing)
    • Below 70% requires you to take ENGL 104

Academic Reading and Writing: 1 Hour

  • Read a 500-word extract from an academic article that presents a challenge or problem. 
  • If included, study the data chart or table chart illustrating information from the article.
  • Objective in essay writing portion:
    • Summarize the problem from the article and explain how data in the chart(s) illustrate the problem.
    • Present a possible solution to the problem.
    • Write a well-organized, fully developed response containing all those elements.
  • Your essay response will be evaluated on:
    • Reading comprehension and critical thinking
    • Ability to integrate and organize information from different sources
    • Command of English grammar and use of appropriate vocabulary
  • Scoring:
    • 75% + exempts you from ENGL 103 (Writing From Sources)
    • 67%+ exempts you from ENGL 102 (Essentials of College Reading & Writing)
    • Below 67%, requires you to take ENGL 102

Test Preparation

You don't need any special preparation to be successful on the AEP Placement Test, but there are things you can do to increase your confidence and skills.

To prepare for the Listening Test, we recommend you watch University Faculty Lectures. Practice taking notes, paying particular attention to the main points of the lecture and how a speaker organizes ideas and concepts. Work with others to compare notes, summarize and discuss the content.

To prepare for the reading and writing test, we recommend that you read textbooks or magazines on topics of general interest,  such as National Geographic, New Scientist or Smithsonian Magazine. Observe how graphic information is described and used to support ideas in the passage. Pay attention to the language of data commentary. Practice writing about topics about which you have an opinion and develop your skills at presenting and supporting arguments in writing. Time yourself and try to increase your writing fluency. Ask for feedback from proficient academic English writers.

If you know that your control of grammar is weak, study a grammar book and observe how grammar is used. Pay attention to grammar while you read. Build your academic vocabulary by reading, reading and more reading.

Testing Tips

  • DO take the practice test to familiarize yourself with Proctorio and the Whiteboard feature for taking notes (if taking the Listening Test). 
  • DO read the questions carefully and make sure your answers include all required elements.
  • DO read the text carefully and make sure you understand the main ideas without worrying too much about individual words.
  • DO study the charts carefully and think about how the information is connected.
  • DO use an appropriate academic style and paraphrase information.
  • DO present your ideas clearly and provide support for them.
  • DON’T copy large chunks of text.
  • DON’T just describe the information from the charts; explain and integrate it.
  • DON’T try to do more than the task requires or shift the topic.
  • DON’T misrepresent ideas or information