APSC 199 and Academic English Support

English Proficiency Test (EPT)

All engineering students are required to take the English Proficiency Test (EPT) before they finish their degree, including international students. The test involves listening to a description of a situation in English, summarizing the information, and writing a memo using the information.

For the dates and evaluation scheme, please visit our EPT page.

infographic with tips for the EPT

Infographic: Tips for APSC 199 (English Profiency Test) [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Academic English Supports

These are campus-wide services that will help support passing the EPT and gaining overall English practice skills:

English Support for Engineers (ESE) Program

ESE Program is intended for students who fail to pass the EPT test. This program provides drop-in workshops from week 6 to week 12 in both fall and winter term. You don’t need to be registered for the program to attend.

For more information, please refer to the EPT page.

SASS support for international and English as an Additional Language (EAL) students 

Student Academic Success Services (SASS) is your go-to for academic skills and writing support on campus. SASS’ resources are 100% free to every Queen’s student and SASS’ professional staff are there to coach and support your developments as academics. SASS offers online resources, workshops, drop-ins, and one-on-one appointments. They also have specialized support for international and English as an Additional Language (EAL) students. You can book one-on-one appointments with an EAL specialist who can create a plan for you to learn Canadian academic conventions and improve your English writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills. 

Click the links or go to the SASS website to learn more! 

QUIC English Conversation Group

The English Conversation Group at QUIC meets once a week on Thursday. The conversation is led by a few Canadian student volunteers. This is a good opportunity to practice oral English and improve cross-cultural awareness.

For more information, please visit the QUIC website.