Language Proficiency


The Test of English as a Foreign Language ™ (TOEFL®) measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings.

Academic English for International Students

Academic English for International Students (AEIS) is a program designed to help newly-admitted international students develop expertise in English for academic purposes while they are studying at the University of Oregon. The results will be used to determine which AEIS classes, if any, students will be required to take to complete their degree program at the UO. The test has no effect on the student's overall standing within the university.

AEIS classes are regular credit bearing courses at the UO, and count towards University of Oregon graduation requirements (4 credits per course). AEIS is a part of an international student's degree requirement at the UO and should be completed during the first year of enrollment. 

AEIS Testing

Center for Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation (CASLI)

The University Testing Center is an approved test site for both the CASLI General Knowledge Exam and the CASLI Performance Exams. For either exam, candidates must be approved by CASLI to test and pay the exam fees on the CASLI Exam System before they can schedule an appointment. Please refer to their website for more information and assistance. 

The general knowledge exam is scheduled online through the company ScanTron. Once you purchase your knowledge exam from CASLI, your account information and eligibility will be uploaded to ScanTron’s scheduling system within ten (10) business days. ScanTron will then send you a “Notice to Schedule” (NTS) email with a unique username and password to log into ScanTron’s scheduling system. Fill out all scheduling information completely and once you have completed this step, you will receive confirmation of your examination date and site by email. ScanTron recommends that you submit your scheduling requests 30 days prior to the examination date on which you want to schedule.

Performance exams are scheduled directly with the test site. You would purchase your performance exam and once your exam is purchased, you will get an exam token number, via your email and in your CASLI account under “My Exams.” Once you have your exam token number, you can proceed to schedule your performance exam with a Local Testing Administrator (LTA) site by contacting them via email or phone.

Please call or email us for more information about scheduling the performance exam. As the performance exams require a private room, scheduling may be limited during some parts of the academic year. 


Language Proficiency Assessments

To graduate with a BA degree, University of Oregon students need to demonstrate competency in one language other than English (LOTE). As specified in the UO catalog, students may meet this graduation requirement for the BA degree through coursework or in other ways, with or without UO credits.

An oral assessment alone, the OPI or ALTA for example, will not meet the second language requirement. To meet the second language proficiency requirement, you will need to take an assessment of writing and reading in your chosen language, or work with the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Divisional Dean of Humanities ( to meet those requirements if one or the other is not available.

CAS has designed an interactive website to help you determine the best way to meet the language proficiency requirement.

If you have prior experience in a language and want to take courses at the UO in that language, learn more about language placement tests.

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