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English Proficiency Requirements

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to provide proof of English proficiency for admission to degree, certificate, non-degree, and teacher license graduate programs.

Option A: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The Graduate School accepts valid* TOEFL scores earned through the paper-delivered test and Internet-based test.


The minimum Internet-Based Test (iBT) scores required for admission are the following:

    • Writing 18
    • Speaking 18 
    • Listening 14 
    • Reading 19 
    • Total 80

The minimum paper-delivered section requirements are the following (overall score is no longer reported):

    • Reading 19
    • Listening 14
    • Writing 18

Note that in addition to required iBT minimum scores for writing, speaking, listening, and reading, the Graduate School also requires a minimum overall iBT score that is higher than the minimums for the four area tests combined. Applicants must meet or exceed each of the five scores (listed above) for admission to the Graduate School.

Some graduate programs require higher minimum scores. Please check the Graduate Program Requirements Web page for additional requirements. Only official TOEFL scores received directly from Educational Testing Service are acceptable. For further information, visit

    • Purdue University West Lafayette's code for the TOEFL application is 1631.
    • Purdue University Northwest's code for the TOEFL application is 1638.
    • Purdue University Fort Wayne's code for the TOEFL application is 1336.
    • IUPUI's code for the TOEFL application is 1325.

Option B: International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The Graduate School also accepts valid* International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores (Academic Module).


An overall band score of 6.5 is required for admission with the following minimum section requirements:

    • Reading 6.5
    • Listening 6.0
    • Speaking 6.0
    • Writing 5.5

For more information, visit The official test score report can be uploaded to the online application under Miscellaneous Supporting Documents, sent electronically to the Office of International Students and Scholars, or the hard copy score report can be mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

*To be valid for admission, English proficiency test scores (TOEFL and IELTS) must be no more than two years old at the time the recommendation for admission is received at the Graduate School.

Option C: ELS Level 112 Certificate (Fort Wayne campus ONLY)

The Graduate School at the Fort Wayne campus accepts the ELS Level 112 Certificate of the Intensive Program - English for Academic Purposes offered by ELS Language Centers. For more information, visit The certificate may be uploaded to the online application status portal (after submission) under Miscellaneous Supporting Documents, sent electronically to the Office of International Education, or the hard copy certificate can be mailed directly to the Purdue Fort Wayne Office of Graduate Studies.

English Speaking Countries

The Graduate School will routinely waive the English Proficiency testing requirements for applicants who have received a baccalaureate degree or graduate or professional degree, within the last 24 months at the time of recommendation for admission, from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a country/location where English is the native language. Some graduate programs may still require a test of English proficiency for admission; please confirm with your department whether they will also grant this waiver.

If you are admitted under this waiver and are still finishing your degree, you must satisfactorily complete your degree and submit a final official transcript showing that this degree has been awarded BEFORE the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) can produce your US immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019) or before you can enroll in courses at Purdue University.

Official English-speaking countries/locations, in addition to the U.S., include:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Christmas Island
  • Cook Islands
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Isle of Man
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Micronesia
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norfolk Island
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • South Sudan
  • St. Helena
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and Grenadines
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • The Gambia
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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