Test Format

The LPI Test is a paper-based test and is taken at one of our designated testing locations. It is 2 hours and 30 minutes in length and consists of four components.

Here is a breakdown of each LPI Test component in the order in which they are presented in the test booklet.

Sentence Structure

Number of Questions Description Samples
10

Ten sentences are presented, and test takers are asked to recognize, though not identify by name, common errors in sentence structure. The sentence errors tested are selected from the following:

  • incomplete sentence
  • run-on sentence (sometimes called a comma fault or comma splice)
  • misplaced modifier
  • dangling modifier
  • faulty pronoun reference
  • faulty subject-verb agreement
  • faulty parallel structure
  • redundant subordination/coordination
Sample

English Usage

Number of Questions Description Samples
10

Ten sentences are presented, and test takers are asked to recognize, though not identify by name, common errors in English usage typically made by individuals for whom English is not their first language. The usage errors are selected from the following categories:

  • Incorrect use of “a” or “the”
  • Incorrect plural of a noun
  • Incorrect form of a noun or incorrect use of a noun
  • Wrong case of a pronoun
  • Confusion between an adverb and an adjective
  • Incorrect form of a verb
  • Incorrect tense of a verb
  • Incorrect preposition
  • A non-standard English expression or idiom
Sample

Reading Comprehension

Number of Questions Description Samples
5

In Section A, test takers are asked to read two prose passages (each approximately 300 words in length) and answer four multiple-choice questions for each prose passage.

In Section B, test takers are asked to read three prose passages (each approximately 200 words in length) and summarize the main idea(s) of each passage in no more than three sentences.

Section A Sample

 

Section
B Sample

Essay Writing

Number of Questions Description Samples
1

The test taker is required to write a 300-400 word argumentative essay on one of the three topics provided. The test taker will be expected to state a point of view and explain it, or the test taker will be expected to agree or disagree with a statement and provide reasons for their choice.

Sample