English Academic Preparation (EAP)

Welcome to the UPEI EAP program!

English Academic Preparation (EAP) is an intensive language program for students who do not meet the UPEI language requirements but have conditional admission to a degree program. Our goal is to help students begin their degree program as soon as possible.

Our courses focus on:

  • building academic writing
  • critical reading
  • listening comprehension
  • oral communication skills for undergraduate and graduate studies

The EAP program is divided into three categories: EAP, the EAP Bridging Program, and Graduate EAP.

EAP is a 5-level English language program for students who have beginner to low intermediate level English. Students in this program study English full-time during the semester. Classes focus on reading, writing, and oral communication. At the end of 14-week semester, students who have a passing grade in the course and have made progress in their English skills move to the next level.

EAP Bridging Program
Levels 6 and 7 are the EAP Bridging Program. Students in these levels have a high intermediate to low advanced level of English. These students take a combination of EAP courses (for example, Academic Writing or Critical Reading) and academic courses in their major of study. 

Graduate EAP Program
This program is for individuals admitted conditionally to a graduate program. Advanced level writing, reading, listening, and oral communication courses are provided. Students enrolled in the Graduate EAP Program must have high intermediate to low advanced English at the time of registration. Please review UPEI's graduate requirements for language proficiency for more information. 

How are students registered in EAP courses?

Students are registered in EAP courses using the scores from the language test taken after they arrive. The number of EAP courses required depends on your language scores. See the EAP Placement Guideline Table for more information about course placements.

Students must meet the UPEI language proficiency requirements to study in an undergraduate or graduate program without EAP support. Please refer to UPEI's English Language Proficiency Requirements for more information about conditional admissions to undergraduate and graduate programs.

At the end of each session, students' performance (course work and final exam) are carefully examined to determine the next appropriate learning level. Read our End-of-Term Grade Guidelines for more about graduating EAP and progressing within the program.

What is the UPEI Language Placement Test?

When you arrive at UPEI, you will take the UPEI language placement test. This test will decide which EAP program you will need: EAP Level 1 to 5 or the EAP Bridging Program (Level 6 or 7). 

The placement test will take 2.5 to 3 hours depending on your level of study: undergraduate or graduate.

The placement test is comprised of 4 sections:

  • Listening Comprehension - 30 minutes (undergraduate), 50 minutes (graduate)
  • Reading Comprehension - 50 minutes (undergraduate), 65 minutes (graduate)
  • Written Essay - 60 minutes (undergraduate), 120 minutes (graduate)
  • Oral Interview - 10 minutes

CanTEST scores are expressed in band widths ranging from 1 (low) to 5 (high). This means that the bands—the competence levels measure—are wide. In mathematical terms, .5 is a tiny amount, but in CanTEST terms, .5 is about a 20 % differential.

It is important to go to the EAP office to take the UPEI language assessment after you arrive as soon as you are rested. PLEASE NOTE: All new students must take the EAP language placement test before they can be registered in EAP classes. Potential graduate EAP students will be notified by the Registrar’s Office should they require the UPEI language assessment upon arrival.


To make a test appointment, contact:

Christina Perry


Johanna Schneider

The EAP Office is located in Kelley Memorial Building (Building # 11), Room 105. 

Where can I get information about other English assessments?