An international graduate student who scores below 80 on TOEFL iBT (550 paper-based), below a 53 on the PTE Academic, or 6.0 on the IELTS (or has not submitted official TOEFL, PTE, 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 and Professional Studies permission) 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 reading, listening, written composition and oral communication.

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

An international graduate student who takes the ELPE, but has not had his/her English Proficiency verified through the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, GRE Verbal, GMAT Verbal, or a four year U.S. baccalaureate degree or higher, may be allowed to postpone some or all remaining English Proficiency requirements during 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 (maximum of 15 hours in fall or spring semesters and maximum of 12 hours for a 10-week summer semester).