ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY EXAM

The English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE) evaluates English skill in the areas of written composition, reading, listening and oral communication.

International graduate students who wish to serve in teaching positions who have not met certification requirements prior to enrollment can certify by passing the oral section of the English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE) offered by Testing Services on the Texas A&M campus.

Visit the Data and Research Services website for more information on upcoming exam dates and how to register for the English Language Proficiency Exam.

International Graduate Students Serving in Teaching Positions

If international graduate students who wish to serve in teaching positions do not achieve requisite standardized test scores prior to enrollment, they can certify by taking the oral section of the on-campus English Language Proficiency (ELPE) exam or passing required English Language Learner (ELL) course/module.  [See chart below.]

Individual colleges or departments may choose to establish test standards that exceed the University minimums listed below. 

Eligibility levels for international graduate students serving in teaching positions:

Level 1: Students eligible for teaching assignments
Level 2: Students conditionally eligible for teaching assignments, but must simultaneously enroll in and pass required ELL module/course or achieve acceptable score on ELPE oral section.
Level 3: Students not eligible for teaching assignment until they either pass a more intensive ELL module/course or achieve an acceptable score on the ELPE oral section.

 

Global Standardized Tests

Locally Administered (on Texas A&M campus) Exam

Level #

TOEFL speaking section

IELTS speaking section

PTE speaking section

ELPE oral exam

1

26-30

>=8.0

>=85

80

2

23-25

7.0-7.5

75-84

75

3

<23

<7.0

<75

65