EPS Placement and Test
While students may have achieved the TOEFL and/or other English Proficiency scores required for admission, further development in English proficiency may be necessary to support academic achievement and to ensure effective progress in the student's chosen academic program.
All new international undergraduate and graduate students, except for those who are exempted, are tested for English proficiency when they arrive for International Student Orientation. New international students may not assume that they are exempt from this English test even though they have had many years of English education in their home countries or abroad.
Depending on test results, new international undergraduate and graduate students on both the New Jersey campuses may be placed into the English for Professional Success (EPS) course.
Undergraduate students who are placed into an EPS course must take the class and co-requisite lab and will be charged tuition upon registration. Graduate students who are placed into an EPS course are required to take the class and co-requisite lab and will be charged a nominal fee. The PLCPA also offers elective EPS courses for undergraduate and graduate students.
“(Former Fall 2008 Student) I remember EPS as one of the most helpful classes for day-to-day life of my whole education!”
-Veronica, Germany, Spring 2013
“…[T]he EPS class was a good opportunity to enhance English skills and provide me a better understanding of the academic and business environment. Also, the multicultural aspect of this class has helped me to expand my knowledge of the world and how to be tolerant with different cultures, inside and outside the college.”
-Arthur, Brazil, Fall 2014
"EPS not only teaches the international students about the correct usage of English language but also 'fine-tunes' their language skills vis-a-vis the academic and professional standards of the US—i.e. specificity, precision and brevity."
--Namrata, India, Fall 2010
"The EPS course has significantly improved my writing skills. Writing everyday helps us [write] more fluently, clearly and understandably while before that, I only could write few short and awkward passages."
--Linh, Vietnam, Spring 2013