Testing in OPIE

Standardized English Proficiency Tests:

All new OPIE students are required to test at the beginning of the semester.

1. OPIE offers the TOEFL (Institutional Testing Program-ITP) during the beginning of a semester and once at the end of a semester.

The TOEFL ITP is a 115-minute test and consists of

  • 50 listening comprehension questions
  • 40 structure and written expression questions
  • 50 reading comprehension questions

To view sample questions, see https://www.ets.org/toefl_itp/content/sample_questions/ (Level 1).

Writing in the test booklet or on paper is not allowed.

2. Along with the TOEFL ITP, students will also be required to take a 35-minute OPIE Composition Test.  To see the OPIE Composition Rubric and a sample prompt, click here. 

3. The regularly-scheduled Beginning-of-Semester (BOS) TOEFL, is offered during orientation week, usually the Tuesday before the start of the first week of classes.  The BOS TOEFL (ITP) is not administered after the first week of classes.

4. At the end of the semester (EOS), OPIE offers the TOEFL on the Saturday after the last week of classes.

5. OPIE also offers the English Placement Test during the beginning of a semester and once at the end of a semester.  This test, formerly known as the Michigan, is for students who score below a 500 on the TOEFL ITP or who are studying in the two lower levels of OPIE.  This test provides OPIE with more accurate placement information for lower level students.

The English Placement Test is a multiple choice test that lasts 60 minutes and has 80 multiple choice items covering

–listening comprehension of questions and short conversations.
–grammar in conversational contexts.
–selection of vocabulary to fit the context of single sentences.
–reading comprehension of sentences and texts.

You can see sample items here.

6. Note: During the TOEFL (ITP) test or the English Placement Test, mobile phones and smart watches are not allowed; they cannot be carried in pockets, in bags, or at the testing seat.  If bags, smart watches, or phones are brought to the test, a proctor will collect them and keep them for the duration of the test.  Belongings will be returned to you when you finish the test.

7. Students who arrive at the end of week 1 or later will be placed based on existing test results or grades.

Reminder: A student cannot retake the same BOS or EOS TOEFL because it is the same test.   This is against Educational Testing Service (ETS) policy.

The Internet Based TOEFL  (TOEFL iBT) at Ohio University

There is also a small testing center on the OU campus in Bromley Hall (Lower Level) at 42 West Union St. (597-1537).  Website: https://www.ohio.edu/testing-services/on-campus.html.   They have nine computers for students to take the Internet-based TOEFL (i.e., the iBT).  They do not offer the IELTS.


  • Interested students should register for the test at http://www.ets.org/toefl.
  • When registering, you must use exactly the same name that appears on the primary identification document you will present at the test center.  Primary identification for testing is your passport.
  • Make sure to provide your entire first (given name) and entire surname (family name).  DO NOT register under a nickname.  If the name shown on your primary identification does not match the name you’re registered under, you will not be permitted to test.
  • An examinee can take the TOEFL iBT test only once within a 12-day period.
  • Test takers with special needs should phone 1-866-387-8602 for registration.
  • On test day, arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the test time for check-in.  If you are late for your appointment, you may not be admitted for testing.  You will be required to read and sign forms, a confidentiality form, and an information form.
  • Scores are posted to your account online 10 business days after the test date.  Ohio University admissions offices, as well as OPIE, DO NOT accept these scores.  You must select Ohio University as a score recipient.
  • Examinees may select up to 4 score recipients during registration; score recipients can be added up until 10 PM on the day prior to the test date.
  • Test scores are retained in a database for 2 years.  Undergraduate Admissions at Ohio University accepts scores taken within 1 year of the test date.  The Ohio University Graduate College accepts scores taken within 2 years of the test date.
  • Please notify OPIE that your iBT scores are on the way.  OPIE does not automatically receive them.
  • Official score reports are mailed approximately 13 days after your test date. Allow 7–10 days after that date for mail delivery in the United States, and more time for mail delivery to other locations. The Educational Testing Center has no control over mail delivery (http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/scores/get/).
  • To use TOEFL iBT scores for placement in OPIE, your official scores must be available in the University database by the end of the first week of the semester.
  • The test takes about 4.5 hours and there is a mandatory 10-minute break.
  • Note paper is provided and must be returned at the end of the test.
  • Cell phones and other devices are not permitted during the test or during breaks.

To see sample iBT test items, see https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/prepare/sample_questions


All students:  Your placement within the next level of OPIE is determined by performance in class, reflected by the strength of your grades.  Additionally, you can advance levels based on language proficiency scores on tests such as the TOEFL ITP.  A student will never be placed lower than his or her accepted test scores (i.e., TOEFL ITP, Michigan Placement Test, or OPIE Composition Test) or grades indicate.

TOEFL iBT and IELTS scores do not affect OPIE placement decisions for undergraduate students who have not met their Colleges’ minimum requirements for full-time academic study. OPIE students will need to take the TOEFL ITP (paper TOEFL) test administered by OPIE.  However, the TOEFL iBT and IELTS can be used to enter the University Success (U.S.) Pathway Program.  In order to be eligible for University Success (U.S.) Pathway Level 1, a student must score 5.5 on the IELTS overall, or 61-64 on the TOEFL iBT with all section scores of 14. For University Success (U.S.) Pathway Level 2, a student must score 5.5 on the IELTS overall with no subscores below 5.5, or 65-70 on the TOEFL iBT with all section scores of 15.  

College of Business undergraduates:  You must meet your English proficiency requirements within 6 semesters of study or you will be asked to change your major from the College of Business.  Additionally, if you are not showing progress towards achieving the requirements after 3 semesters of study, you will be advised to change your major.

Graduate students: Graduate students can only meet their English Proficiency requirements to begin academic studies on the basis of test scores; OPIE grades may not be used for this purpose.  TOEFL ITP with Composition Test, TOEFL iBT, and IELTS test scores are all accepted.  To complete your language proficiency requirements and to be unconditionally admitted as a graduate student, you must meet the requirements of your academic department.

·   For specific test score requirements, see https://www.ohio.edu/graduate/prospective-students/international-students/englishproficiency

·   See http://www.ohio.edu/graduate/programs/ for specific program details.

Note: Graduate students are not eligible for University financial aid until they have been cleared for full-time academic study and have been given “admission with eligibility for university funding.” Until then, University funds cannot be used for any part of the financial guarantee required to issue a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019).  For more information, see http://www.ohio.edu/graduate/englishproficiency.cfm”

Note:  Placement and placement changes should be completed by Friday of the first week of the semester.

Exceptions may be granted if

A. There are extenuating circumstances

B. There are revised placement recommendations from teachers with approval by the Director.

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