The EAP Program develops and assesses college-level academic English language proficiency, and completing the EAP Program gives both undergraduate and graduate students at Andrews the opportunity to meet university English requirements. The EAP Program is offered during Fall semester, Spring semester, and in an eight-week Summer semester, which counts as a full semester. EAP classes are offered for credit or for non-credit hours.
The CIEP English Placement Test (EPT) is used to place new students into one of four levels in the EAP Program: Level 1 (Beginning), Level 2 (Lower Intermediate), Level 3 (Upper Intermediate), and Level 4 (Advanced). The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or any other English language proficiency test accepted by Andrews University, is not required for individuals to be placed into one of the four levels; however, if an individual has an English language proficiency score on record, this score may be used in determining level placement, though the EPT score is the primary level placement indicator.
Each of the four levels has core classes in grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Additional skill-building classes focus on pronunciation, conversation and discussion, academic presentations, and American culture and values.
The CIEP Certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete the EAP Program, and earning the CIEP Certificate demonstrates completion of university language requirements. To earn the CIEP Certificate, an individual must do all of the following:
- Pass (B grade or higher) all EAP classes starting at the level in which an individual was initially placed until Level 4 is completed (16 credits or non-credit hours per level in Fall and Spring semesters and 12 credits or non-credit hours per level in Summer semester)
- Pass the required EAP Speaking Test, which is given as part of the Level 4 Speaking & Listening class
- Pass the required EAP Exit Exam, which is given upon successful completion of all Level 4 classes
Note: The TOEFL (or any English language proficiency test other than the EAP Exit Exam) is not required to complete the EAP Program.