April 01, 2016
EIS and ELAP Inquiry FAQ
English Language Academic Proficiency (ELAP) Exam
New student questions
When is the ELAP test offered?
The ELAP test is offered the same week as international student orientation.
Do I need to register for the ELAP test?
Registration is not required for the ELAP test. Details regarding the test date, time, and location will be provided to all international students during their orientation.
What is on the ELAP exam?
There are three parts to the exam:
1. 55-minute multiple choice section consisting of listening to conversations, listening to lectures, grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
2. 50-minute timed written essay from a prompt
3. 5 – 10 minute oral interview
How can I study for the ELAP test?
The test is designed to assess students’ academic English skills, similar to the TOEFL test. To prepare for the test, students can practice the skill areas listed above, including: academic vocabulary, lecture listening, reading comprehension, and essay writing.
When will I know my results, and how do I get the results?
The results are emailed to test takers by the EIS coordinator the day after the test. Information will be provided regarding score results, what required courses (if any) a student must take, and how to register for EIS courses.
How many EIS courses are there?
There are three EIS courses. Depending on a student’s score, s/he may place into one, two, three, or zero EIS courses.
1. EIS 1073 is Communicating Effectively ( a speaking/listening course)
2. EIS 1083/1183 is English for Academic Purposes 1 (a reading/writing course)
3. EIS 1093/1193 is English for Academic Purposes 2 (a reading/writing course)
How much do EIS courses cost?
Regardless of whether the EIS course is listed as an undergraduate course (1073/ 1083/ 1093) or graduate course (1183/1193), all EIS courses are charged at the tuition rate for a 3-hour undergraduate course. A tuition fee schedule can be found at:
I am on a scholarship/financial aid. Will my scholarship cover my EIS course fees?
Please check with your individual department or scholarship provider to find out what courses are covered.
I would like to register for my summer or fall classes prior to taking the ELAP exam. Can someone remove my hold?
The EIS coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) can temporarily lift your hold until the test date, so that you can register for classes.
I am a new undergraduate student and I already have the required TOEFL or IELTS test score. I do not understand why I have an ELAP hold.
Please contact International Undergraduate Admissions at International.Admissions@utsa.edu or you can call 210-458-7995.
I am a new graduate student and I already have the required TOEFL or IELTS test score. I do not understand why I have an ELAP hold. I think I am not required to take the test.
Please contact email@example.com , Associate Director of Graduate Admission, to remove your hold if you have already met the unconditional admission requirements.
I am a new graduate student and I already have a Bachelors or Masters degree from the United States. Do I need to take the ELAP exam?
Students with completed degrees from universities in the United States are exempt from taking the ELAP test. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org , Associate Director of Graduate Admission, regarding removing your hold.
I am a new undergraduate student, but I recently had a change in status (refugee, U.S. citizen, etc.), so I think I do not need to take the ELAP test.
Please contact International Student Services at InternationalPrograms@utsa.edu or you can call 210-458-7202. Please be prepared to show proof of your new status (i.e. USCIS approval notice, visa stamp, or permanent residency card).
I am a new graduate student, but I recently had a change in status (refugee, U.S. citizen, etc.), so I think I do not need to take the ELAP test.
Please contact international programs regarding your hold. We only change the status of PR card holders and US citizens, refugees are treated as international students. Please contact the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, Ana.Leos@utsa.edu to update your classification to domestic and remove the hold.
I attended a high school or university in my home country where English was the primary language of instruction, so I think I do not need to take the ELAP test.
If you graduated from a high school in an English-speaking country or from an international school where English was the language of instruction, you will not be required to submit IELTS or TOEFL scores for undergraduate admission. For additional international undergraduate admissions questions, contact email@example.com. For graduate admission questions regarding your individual situation, contact the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org
Continuing Student Questions
I recently changed majors and an ELAP hold was placed on my ASAP account even though I already passed the ELAP test and/or my EIS classes.
Please email the EIS coordinator (email@example.com) with the date you took the ELAP test and/or EIS courses, so that she can verify you have completed the requirement and remove your hold. If you were exempt from taking the ELAP test due to your incoming TOEFL or IELTS scores, contact the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am about to graduate with a Bachelors or Masters degree from UTSA, but I decided to pursue an advanced degree (Masters or Doctoral) at UTSA. A new ELAP hold was placed on my account, and I would like it remove so that I can register for classes.
Please contact the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, email@example.com, so that she can remove your ELAP hold based on the fact that you have already completed a degree at this university.
I already took and passed my EIS courses, but I still have a hold. Can you remove it so that I can register for classes?
Yes. Please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. The coordinator can remove your hold.
I need to register for an EIS course for next semester. Can you help me register?
Undergraduate students should register for their courses with their advisor. For graduate students, the EIS coordinator (email@example.com) must first register you for any required EIS courses before she can lift your hold; graduate students can register for other courses on their own, after their EIS hold is lifted.
The required EIS course does not fit into my schedule. Can I take the class next semester?
Please contact the EIS coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your scheduling needs. It is recommended that you complete all EIS courses in your first year of study.
I am going to graduate this summer, but I still have not completed my last EIS course. Do you offer EIS courses in summer?
EIS courses are not offered during summer term. We recommend you complete your courses in your first year, so that you receive maximum academic benefits from taking the EIS courses and avoid any delays in graduation.
Due to extenuating circumstances, such as financial, scheduling, graduation or having a bad day on the date of the ELAP test, I would like to retake the ELAP exam or retake the TOEFL or IELTS.
Unfortunately, we do not offer retesting. If a student is assigned to take an EIS course, that course becomes part of the students’ graduation requirements. Therefore, it is critical for you as a student to plan accordingly. The EIS coordinator works with you to ensure EIS courses fit within your schedule and that you have the academic support you need to successfully pass these courses. You may contact her at email@example.com