Registering for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Courses

If you are a student that has been admitted to UWM with full admission with an EAP placement hold or dual admission, then you may be required to register for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. If you are a fully admitted student, then we recommend that you take the EAP courses instead of the general education requirement (GER) English courses.

If you are an undergraduate student, you can register for EAP courses by completing the following steps:

  • Apply for and be admitted to UWM as an undergraduate
  • Take the EPT-NNSE test
  • The EAP Coordinator will send you an email with your result and the information to register for the course

The English Placement Test for Non-Native Speakers of English (EPT-NNSE) is the placement test for the ELA academic writing courses (It is not required for EAP 120, EAP 135, EAP 145, EAP 420, and EAP 435). The EPT-NNSE is not the same as the English Placement Test (EPT), which is the placement test for writing courses designed for native speakers of English. If you have already taken the EPT then you may also take the EPT-NNSE. You may retake the EPT-NNSE one time 16 weeks after your original test date. There is no fee for taking the EPT-NNSE. Schedule a time to take the EPT-NNSE at the Testing Center (Mellencamp B28, 414-229-4689).

The EPT-NNSE has two parts and takes 90 minutes:

Part One: Write an essay. You will be given a specific topic, such as “Do you think it is better to eat at home or at a restaurant?” (50 minutes)

Part Two: Complete a reading comprehension test. Read several short passages and answer yes or no questions. (25 minutes)

Based on your score, you will be placed in the appropriate EAP writing course. There is no fee for the test. You may take the test more than once.