College Student English Proficiency Test (CSEPT)

The College Student English Proficiency Test (CSEPT) was developed by The Language Training and Testing Center (LTTC) to meet the needs of colleges and universities to evaluate the effects of English teaching and to assess students' progress in English. It was launched in 1997.

Valid and reliable:

The CSEPT accurately measures test takers' abilities to understand spoken and written English in the context of student life as well as their knowledge of English grammar and usage. It consists of two levels of assessment. Level 1 is intended for students with elementary to intermediate levels of English proficiency. Level 2 is intended for students with intermediate to advanced levels of English proficiency.

Useful test results:

The CSEPT, a norm-referenced test, is a useful tool for placing students, assessing learning achievement, and serving as a graduation requirement. Test users may set different passing scores according to their needs. Test results are referenced to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Flexible and fast:

The CSEPT is administered on-site at the request of individual educational institutions. Results are available within three weeks. Both individual and group score reports are provided.

Widely used and recognized:

The Testing Center for Technological and Vocational Education recognizes and recommends the CSEPT for students and faculty members of technological and vocational colleges. The CSEPT is used by a number of colleges and universities, such as National Kaohsiung Normal University, Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages, Southern Taiwan University, Shu-Te University, Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, and Chihlee Institute of Science of Technology.


Level 1
Subtests Test tasks Time allocation Construct to be measured
Listening Test 1. Conversations
2. Short Passages
About 20 minutes Test takers' ability to comprehend the main ideas, contextual features and supporting details of English conversations and discourse, as well as to make inferences or interpretations based on the information.
Usage & Reading Test 1. Sentence Completion
2. Cloze
3. Reading
55 minutes Test takers’ knowledge of English, including knowledge of syntax, vocabulary and cohesion. Test takers’ ability to understand the main ideas, contextual features, as well as supporting details of English graphs/tables, advertisements, public notices and essays. Test takers’ ability to make inferences or interpretations from the information provided.

Level 2
Subtests Test tasks Time allocation Construct to be measured
Listening Test 1. Conversations
2. Short Passages
About 25 minutes Test takers’ ability to comprehend the main ideas, contextual features and supporting details of English conversations and discourse, as well as to make inferences or interpretations based on the information.
Usage Test 1. Sentence Completion
2. Cloze
30 minutes Test takers’ knowledge of English, including knowledge of syntax, vocabulary and cohesion..
Reading Test Reading 35 minutes Test takers’ ability to comprehend the main ideas, contextual features, as well as supporting details of English essays, letters, public notices and advertisements. Test takers’ ability to synthesize the information provided to make inferences or interpretations.

Contact Information

For further information and inquiries regarding the CSEPT, please contact the General Testing Department at the LTTC.
Tel: 02-2362-6385
ext 244 Fax: 02-2364-2555
E-mail: tstii@lttc.ntu.edu.tw