Frequently Asked Questions

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REEP specializes in teaching English to adults. Here, you will find answers to common questions about our school and our classes. (Versión en español)

General FAQ

Where are your classes?
REEP teaches English at 3 convenient locations (Syphax Education Center, Arlington Mill Community Center, and Wakefield High School) plus 2 Outreach centers in Arlington. Please see the map on our Locations page for more details.

What are your schedules?
Morning classes are 9 am-12 noon Monday-Friday; afternoon classes 4:15-6:30 pm Monday-Thursday; evening classes 6:45-9 pm;conversation classes 1-3 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. Outreach classes meet on different days and times (see Outreach flyer for details).

I do not live in Arlington. Can I study at REEP?
Yes, but students who do not live or work in Arlington County pay higher tuition.

Does REEP have locations in other counties?
Only in Arlington.

Can REEP help me obtain an F-1 (student) visa?
The REEP Program does not participate in the I-20 or F-1 student visa programs.

I want to start at the beginning level. Do I need to take a placement test?
Yes, a placement exam is required of all new students.

I can’t take the placement exam on the days you advertise. Can I take the exam at another time?
The exam can only be taken on the days and times that are indicated. You may call the office at (703) 228-4200 to find out if additional dates have been scheduled.

I took the placement exam one year ago but didn’t register. Can I come directly to registration?
The REEP exam is good for 6 months. After 6months, the exam must be taken again before registering for class.

How many levels of English are offered at REEP?
REEP has 10 levels (4 Beginner levels; 4 Intermediate levels; 2 Advanced levels)

Fees & Registration FAQ

Are these classes free?
Syphax, Arlington Mill (afternoon and evening),are low-cost tuition classes (see below). The Outreach classes(Arlington Mill -mornings-, Gates of Ballston -mornings and evenings) are free.

What’s the cost of the classes at Syphax, and Arlington Mill (afternoon and evenings)?
The cost for Arlington residents/workers is:

  • Morning $285 for 15 hrs/week for 3 months
  • Afternoon $200 for 10 hrs/week for 3 months
  • Evening $200 for 10 hrs/week for 3 months
  • Conversation $125 for 4 hrs/week for 11 weeks
    (Non-Arlington residents pay $470 morning, $350 afternoon/evening, $200 Conversation)

How do I pay for my classes?
You can pay with a money order or a U.S. issued credit/debit card. We do not accept personal checks or cash.

I would like to pay in installments. Is that possible?
No, the full amount is due on the day of registration.

What do I need to prove that I live in Arlington?
A driver’s license, a letter postmarked by the post office, a bill, an apartment lease, or any official document with your name and an Arlington address is acceptable.

I took the placement exam. Am I guaranteed a place in class?
No, your place in class is only guaranteed once you pay your tuition at registration and are handed a class ticket. It is important to arrive at registration on time. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

I’m interested in a scholarship. How can I apply?
Scholarships are awarded through a lottery to Arlington residents only. New students need to come to the first Placement Exam date and ask for an invitation to a scholarship orientation in order to apply.

Can I register online?
There is no online registration at this time.

Instructional FAQ

What is ESOL?
“ESOL” is English for Speakers of Other Languages.

What is “Intensive”?
“Intensive” refers to the number of classroom hours per week. At REEP, Intensive classes are 4-5 days per week,totaling 10-15 hours per week in the classroom.

What do students learn at REEP?
Beginning and intermediate levels focus on life skills needed to live and work in the U.S. Advanced levels focus on skills needed for academic, GED, and job training programs. All levels integrate reading, writing, listening, speaking skills, and computer skills instruction.

What are”life skills”?
At REEP, we teach English so that adult immigrants can succeed in their daily lives and contribute to their communities. We call this “life skills ESL.” Life skills ESL focuses on developing language skills through topics such as work, transportation,health, history and government, money and banking, and telephone skills.To learn more about REEP’s life skills topics, visit the REEP Curriculum LifeSkills Topic Unit Index.

What level is the Conversation class?
The Conversation class is open to intermediate and advanced students who want to further develop their speaking and pronunciation skills. The course is offered only at the Syphax Education Center.

What is Outreach ESL?
Beginning level classes are offered on a walk-in basis in two community centers. There is no registration required. Outreach classes are free and taught by trained volunteers. Many Outreach students eventually transition to REEP’s intensive or non-intensive classes. For information about volunteering, visit the REEP Volunteers Homepage.

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