The Academic English Proficiency Assessment — AEPA™ provides English language proficiency assessment for individuals who use English as an additional language in a variety of academic contexts. The AEPA is administered to prospective applicants to the professional schools and graduate divisions of the University of Chicago, and to postdoctoral researchers, visiting scholars, or other professionals at UChicago, in order to demonstrate the English language skills required. Assessment in two modalities is currently available – AEPA Oral Proficiency and AEPA Writing – both measuring functional language use with performance-based, real world test tasks.

Test takers who do not meet their program’s language requirements based on the AEPA results are advised to take English courses from the English Language Institute.

AEPA Oral Proficiency

AEPA Writing


1. During these assessments, test takers are not allowed to seek assistance from any printed or online materials or from other persons. Any attempt to do so violates the University’s policy on Academic Integrity and will be reported to test takers’ department.

2. The AEPA result summary is intended for the UChicago’s internal use only. Any other use is prohibited.

3. The Office of Language Assessment provides the AEPA results only to the department/program requesting the test. It is at the department’s/program’s discretion to share the results with the test taker.