Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions for IEOP Students

What is the Pass/Not Pass policy?

In response to the coronavirus pandemic in Spring 2020, Iowa State University has adopted a temporary Pass/Not Pass grading option for undergraduate courses impacted by the transition to virtual instruction, effective immediately (March 20, 2020).  The P/NP option applies to undergraduate courses intended to be in-person throughout Spring 2020, but which were changed to virtual instruction as a result of COVID-19.

Students will choose to receive either the letter grade recorded by the instructor, OR a P/NP designation. This can be applied to any or all courses changed to virtual instruction. This decision must be made between May 13 and May 19, 2020, by clicking on a link in Access+. If no form is submitted, the letter grade will be recorded for the course.

If you have questions about the Pass/Not Pass process or need assistance, please contact Suzanne Harle directly at:  sharle@iastate.edu.

For more information, please see the University’s policy page at https://www.provost.iastate.edu/academic-programs/pass-not-pass-option-for-courses-impacted-by-the-transition-to-virtual-instruction .

Will there be IEOP classes in Summer 2020?

We are sorry to announce that, because of Covid-19, IEOP will not be offering any courses this Summer.  We did not have enough students interested in taking courses.  If you have any questions about this you can contact Larry Laursen at ieopisu@iastate.edu or Linda Kramer at lskramer@iastate.edu.  We will resume regular courses again in the fall.  The report date for the Fall Semester is August 19.

Will there be any more practice TOEFL exams this semester?

No.  Since Iowa State University has moved all classes and course activities to an online format, there can be no gatherings of students and teachers.

Will you have the TOEFL exam at the end of this semester?

No.  Since Iowa State University has moved all classes and course activities to an online format, there can be no gatherings of students and teachers.

If I cannot take the paper-based TOEFL, what else can I do?

Because the University has moved all classes to online learning, we will not be able to offer the paper-based TOEFL exam at the end of this semester.  Instead you can use Duolingo.  The cost is similar ($49) and the test can be taken at home.  All students (undergraduate and graduate) can submit a Duolingo score to Iowa State University. Undergraduate students need 100 DET score and the graduate students need 105 DET score.  You can visit their web site for more information and to watch a short video about the test,  There are free practice tests available once you set up an account.  https://englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants  If you have any questions, please contact the IEOP offices at ieop-admins@iastate.edu.

What do I do if I get the score I need?

If you decide to take the test and get the score you need for ISU admission, please let the Director, Karina Silva, know what your score is.  This score will be sent to the Admissions Office and the International Students and Scholars Office. They will review it and make their decision.  If accepted, you will get your offer letter and a new change of level I-20 at the end of the semester.  Until then, you need to continue participating in your IEOP classes’ online activities. Please let us know if you have any questions at ieop-admins@iastate.edu.

My I-20 will expire soon and I will need a program extension.  What do I need to do?

If an IEOP student’s I-20 is expiring, they will need to apply for the program extension through CyStart: https://cystart.its.iastate.edu. An extension is not automatic. Program extensions must be requested at least 2 weeks before the I-20 expires.  More information can be found on the ISSO page here: https://isso.dso.iastate.edu/students/f-1-students/program-extension. Please let us know if you have any questions at ieop-admins@iastate.edu.