English Language Proficiency Examination

A graduate student who scores below 213 computer-based on the TOEFL or 6.0 on the IELTS (or has not submitted official TOEFL or IELTS scores to Texas A&M) and has not obtained English Proficiency Verification or Certification by other means (GRE/GMAT scores, U.S. four-year baccalaureate degree or higher, or Office of Graduate Studies waiver) must take the English Language Proficiency Examination (ELPE) prior to registering for Texas A&M courses in his/her first semester. The ELPE evaluates English skills in the areas of grammar, vocabulary, reading, listening, written composition and oral communication. English Language Institute (ELI) course placements for a graduate student will be made by the Departmental Graduate Advisor in consultation with personnel from the Office of Graduate Studies, English Language Institute and Measurement and Research Services. The English Language Institute, in the College of Liberal Arts, offers a comprehensive program of courses designed to help an international student improve his/her English language ability in order to enter and participate in academic programs at Texas A&M University. A graduate student who has not had his/her English Proficiency Verified through the TOEFL, IELTS, GRE Verbal, GMAT Verbal, or a four-year U.S. baccalaureate degree or higher, and take the ELPE may be allowed to postpone some or all remaining English Proficiency requirements the first semester of enrollment. He/she must begin to take ELI courses (in at least one of the areas not yet passed) no later than his/her second semester enrolled at Texas A&M. A graduate student will be allowed to take a combination of Texas A&M and ELI courses up to a total of 15 hours in fall or spring semesters and up to a total of 12 hours for a 10-week summer semester.