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English Proficiency Exam (EPE)

The purpose of the English Proficiency Requirement is to ensure that all UVI graduates have demonstrated a required level of proficiency in using English as an effective means of written communication.

Students must satisfy the English Proficiency Examination (EPE) requirement before graduating from the University of the Virgin Islands (with the exception of persons who are holders of a bachelor’s degree or higher). The successful completion of the requirement applies to all matriculated students in the associate of arts, associate of science, bachelor of arts and bachelor of science programs. All students must take the EPE upon successful completion of ENG 201 or its equivalent. If a student is not required to take ENG 201 or its equivalent, he/she must consult with his/her advisor, who will submit written notification of approval to the Access and Enrolment Services Office on either campus.

Students should satisfy the EPE requirement no later than their junior year in order to avoid a delay in graduation. It is ultimately the Student’s responsibility to begin the process of satisfying this requirement in adequate time to do so before his/her projected graduation date.

Students may meet this requirement in one of the two alternate ways. They may opt to either:

  • Take and pass the English Proficiency Examination


  • Successfully complete English 051, Functional Writing, a course designed to meet English proficiency goals and objectives.

Students who opt to take the examination alternative and who fail the EPE twice, must register for ENG 051 the semester following the examination, and each semester following until they have passed ENG 051. ENG 051 shall be an exception to the policy that students are allowed to repeat a course only once.

The English Proficiency Examination is administered on both campuses in November and in April of each academic year, and again during the summer session. Specific EPE administration dates are listed in the Academic Calendar.  

English Proficiency Examination Dates and Information

  • Time: 8:30 a.m.
  • Location: Blackboard EPE Course Page
  • Registration code: CRN 89282
  • Contact for questions regarding registration.
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.
  • Location: Black EPE Course Page
  • Registration code: CRN 89283
  • Contact for questions regarding registration.


Information will be updated

Information will be updated

Respondus LockDown Browser

Students taking the EPE are required to download this browser. The brief video below explains the basic features of LockDown Browser and why it's used by the University.