Testing

Admission to graduate programs and applications for fellowships often requires testing of prior learning. The most commonly used of these examinations is the Graduate Record Examination, or GRE.

The GRE

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a computer-based test designed to measure quantitative, analytical, and language abilities. Your specific graduate program website will indicate their GRE requirements.

To qualify for fellowships, many graduate programs require that you take the GRE by the October or December before your fall admission. Subject tests are offered on specific dates, but dates fill up quickly, so plan ahead. ETS, the administrator of the GRE, offers detailed information on its website.

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An overview of the GRE that includes what to expect on test day, getting your scores, tools to help you prepare, and more can be found in Get the Power of Confidence downloadable file.

Professional schools or programs at IUPUI may require other, more specialized tests, such as the GMAT for business or the LSAT for law. Check the website of your program of interest for more information.

Testing for International Students

International students may be required to take additional tests for admission.

TOEFL Exam

International students from non-English speaking countries must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination and score above 79 on the iBT version of the test in order to qualify for graduate study at IUPUI. The Office for International Affairs offers further information on TOEFL requirements on its website.

IELTS Exam

An alternative testing system for English language skills is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). International applicants to graduate programs at IUPUI who use this credential must score at least a 6.5 in order to qualify for admission.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

By University policy, most international students must take the EAP Placement Test prior to registering for classes, before the start of their first semester on campus, even if they completed the TOEFL test. Students’ letter of admission from the Office of International Affairs will indicate if they are required to take this test.

Some students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents but are not proficient (or native-like) users of English may also need EAP courses. Graduate students in this category should speak to their advisor or the EAP Program about enrolling into an EAP course. Both undergraduate and graduate students may elect to take EAP courses even if they are not required to.  

Because the EAP Placement Test is a placement test used to accurately determine English language skill level, students do not need to "prepare" for it. The scores are used to assign EAP classes that best meet students’ academic needs that will provide favorable English experiences necessary for a successful career at IUPUI and beyond.

The courses prescribed based on the students’ results on the EAP Placement Test are required. Not completing the EAP requirement may result in delays in graduation.

NOTE for graduate students and advisers: Graduate students who are being considered for a teaching role (tutor, lab assistant, teaching assistant, course instructor) are also required by university policy to take the SPEAK test and complete any required supplemental EAP courses recommended based on that test. The Graduate Office monitors compliance with the campus policy. More details about the SPEAK test can be found at http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/english/index.php/academics/eap/eap_contact.

The Department of English lists information such as test dates, testing locations, registration instructions, and more.