Entrance Testing

Students who do not meet minimum requirements for full-time academic enrollment will take an English language proficiency test before the start of classes. The name of the test is the Versant Proctored English Placement Test. Students who pass this test will enroll in full-time academic coursework. Students who do not pass this test will enroll in part-time or full-time English study in the Applied English Center (AEC). The "Time in AEC" chart estimates the intensive English study time that may be needed.


Placement in IEP Classes

There are two possible results from the AEC Entrance Test: passing or placement into AEC classes.  The AEC has five levels of courses, plus a Basic level for students just beginning their English language study.  Students typically spend one semester per level.  Of course, how long you spend in the IEP depends on your level of English when you arrive, the speed at which you learn, and your willingness to study hard and immerse yourself in an English language environment. 


Progression through the Program

Students progress through the program from one level to the next by earning a good grade in class.  Earning grades of “A” or “B” demonstrates that a student has met the student learning outcomes for the course.

If students receive a grade of “A” or “B” in a core course, they will automatically move up to the next level in that skill area.  By performing extremely well on the AEC Final Exam, it is even possible for students to progress more than one level.  If students receive a grade of “D” or “F” in a core course, they are required to repeat the course.  They cannot progress to the next level regardless of their AEC Final Exam score.  If students receive a grade of “C” in a core course, they either repeat the course or may progress, depending on their AEC Final Exam results.

We hope you can progress quickly through the program.  To do this, you should attend class regularly, do all of your homework, practice what you learn every day, and use as much English as you can outside of the classroom. 

If you have questions or concerns about any of this information, please make an appointment to meet with an AEC Cross-Cultural Advisor.


One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
Each semester year, the AEC enrolls about 250 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents.
Start working on your degree now! You can take university classes for credit at the same time you are taking English classes.
Earn university credits now! You can use 9 AEC credits as elective credits toward your KU degree in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Business, and Architecture.
Fulfill a university requirement! Completion of your English proficiency requirements means you have finished your foreign language requirement at the University of Kansas.
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