Non-native English Speakers Placement Testing ESL LOEP

Seminole State College instruction is delivered in the English language. Students should have adequate mastery of the English language to pursue a course of study for credit. If English is not the student's best language, his/her entry testing will begin with the PERT and he/she may also be required to complete the ESL (English as Second Language) or LOEP (Levels of English Proficiency) test and writing sample. Students seeking degrees or career certificates or those enrolling as dual enrollment students must complete an approved placement test.

Students are not required to demonstrate English as a second language for proficiency if they have completed freshman English Composition or its equivalent (as determined by Seminole State College) with a grade of "C" or higher or if they have earned an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree, bachelor's degree or higher for which English was the language of instruction. Official college/university transcripts are required for documenting English proficiency.

LOEP (also called ESL test)

The LOEP or ESL test is the test of English proficiency for non-native speakers of English used for initial course placement at Seminole State. To be used, the student's scores must be less than two years old. When students take the LOEP test, they will also be asked to provide a writing sample (WS). Students must apply to Seminole State to take the LOEP and WS. There is no additional charge and no appointment is necessary. The LOEP and WS may be taken on any campus on a walk-in basis.

Testing hours are available on the Assessment and Testing website. To take the LOEP and WS, visit an Assessment and Testing Office on any campus and bring an official, government-issued photo identification such as a driver's license or passport. Once a student begins course work in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), he/she is no longer eligible to retest on the PERT, LOEP and WS unless he/she has been absent from the EAP sequence for two or more years.

If the student's English proficiency is such that he/she is not required to take English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses, the PERT will be used to place him/her in the appropriate courses.