Placement testing at KU

Students who do not meet minimum requirements for full-time academic enrollment will take an English language proficiency test before the start of classes. The name of the test is the Versant Proctored English Placement Test. Students who pass this test will enroll in full-time academic coursework. Students who do not pass this test will enroll in part-time or full-time English study in the Applied English Center (AEC). The "Time in AEC" chart estimates the intensive English study time that may be needed.

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Please Note: 

  • If you are in China or Iran, you must use a VPN (virtual private network) for KU's online proficiency test.
  • The test costs $35. Your KU student account will be billed for the test.
    • If you are required to take the exam, the AEC will send you information on how and when to take it. Please email aec@ku.edu with any questions.


One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
Each semester year, the AEC enrolls about 250 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents.
Start working on your degree now! You can take university classes for credit at the same time you are taking English classes.
Earn university credits now! You can use 9 AEC credits as elective credits toward your KU degree in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Business, and Architecture.
Fulfill a university requirement! Completion of your English proficiency requirements means you have finished your foreign language requirement at the University of Kansas.
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