Progressing through AEM

Information for AEM placement and progress through levels

  1. Official test scores (iBT TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) submitted directly to USF Admissions by the testing service company, will determine tentative placement in the AEM Program.
  2. During Orientation Week, students will take the English Placement Test (EPT) to determine final placement in AEM classes in order to best support individual academic needs at USF.
  3. Courses in AEM are sequenced in two tracks: Academic Reading and Writing and Academic Oral Communication.  In each track, we offer courses at the Intermediate, Low Advanced, and Advanced level. Once test scores are confirmed through the English Placement Test, students are placed into the correct level of each track and move sequentially through the required courses by achieving a final grade of “C” or better.
  4. Based upon the original EPT score and subsequent grades, students will take 8 to 16 units of AEM per semester. Especially strong students may follow a procedure to skip levels.