English Language Proficiency Test
The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is administered by the
LCD Department, twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring. Its purpose is to
evaluate the English proficiency of Applied Linguistics: TESOL majors, who must
pass the test to continue in the program. Students are recommended to take
the test as soon as possible after they declare the major.
The ELPT is part of the academic requirements for Applied Linguistics:
TESOL majors in recognition of the fact that our students, future teachers
of English, must have a particularly high level of mastery of spoken and written
English. English language teachers serve as models of English usage and provide
feedback on their students’ written language.
The written component of the ELPT (see second bullet below) should not be
confused with the University-wide CUNY
Proficiency Examination, or CPE, which must be taken by all Queens College
students by the time they have completed their 60th credit. The ELPT, taken only
by Applied Linguistics: TESOL majors in the LCD department, asks for a
substantially higher level of mastery than the CPE.
The ELPT consists of two independent components:
- The oral component probes proficiency in speaking and listening
comprehension. The oral exam lasts 5 to 10 minutes. Students are interviewed individually or in small groups,
by one or two faculty testers. Students' performance is evaluated based
on the clarity and eloquence of their speech, and on the degree to which they
are able to maintain an academic register. Intelligibility is a major
factor in the evaluation, but not degree of foreign accent.
- The written component evaluates skills in writing and in reading
comprehension. The written exam lasts one hour. Students are provided a brief passage to read, along with
a small dataset displayed on a chart, graph, or map. Students are asked to write a
task-based response (for example, in the form of an editorial, letter, or
report) making reference to both the passage and the data. Students' written
responses are evaluated based on whether they:
- convey sound understanding, interpretation, and analysis of the passage
and the task;
- elaborate ideas using specific and relevant evidence from the text and
- exhibit appropriate organization;
- exhibit appropriate language use; and
- exhibit appropriate use of spelling, punctuation, and grammar
Evaluations are converted to Pass/Fail grades, and students are notified of
the outcome by mail. Students may re-take
each of the two independent components of the ELPT no more than two times.
Once the schedule for the ELPT is announced during a given semester, students
must sign up in person to take the oral and written components (administered
separately), at the LCD office (Kissena Hall,
3rd floor, room 349).
Where to go for help with writing:
Queens College’s Writing
Center (Kiely 229, 718-997-5676)
area of the Writing at Queens website.
If you have questions, be sure to discuss them with your LCD academic