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 in one of the following ways:

The Graduate School accepts the following TOEFL English proficiency test scores: TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test), TOEFL iBT Home Edition, TOEFL iBT Paper Edition, TOEFL paper-delivered test*, and TOEFL Essentials. To learn more about these test options visit www.toefl.org.

Minimum TOEFL Scores Required by the Graduate School for Admission

TOEFL iBT

(Internet-based, Home Edition, Paper Edition, Paper-Delivered*)

TOEFL Essentials

Writing

18

8

Speaking

18

8

Listening

14

8

Reading

19

8

Minimum Overall Required for Admission

80

8

 

Note: Some graduate programs require higher minimum scores than those listed above. Please review the English proficiency requirements for your specific program of interest here.

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.

Purdue University must receive official TOEFL scores directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS). For more information about transmitting test scores, visit www.toefl.org.

Purdue Institution Codes

  • Purdue University West Lafayette – 1631
  • Purdue University Northwest – 1638
  • Purdue University Fort Wayne – 1336
  • Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis – 1325

*Paper-delivered Test: Effective April 11, 2021, the paper-delivered test is no longer offered. Scores dated up to two years prior to the date of recommendation for admission to the Purdue Graduate School will be valid through April 11, 2023.

Essentials Test: The TOEFL Essentials requirements of the Purdue Graduate School are not accepted by all graduate programs. Please review the English proficiency requirements for your specific program of interest here.

iBT (Test Center and Home Edition): 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 for admission to the Graduate School.

The Graduate School accepts IELTS (Academic Module) and IELTS Indicator English proficiency test scores. For more information about these testing options, visit www.IELTS.org or https://www.ieltsindicator.com/.

Minimum IELTS Scores Required by the Graduate School for Admission

 

IELTS

IELTS Indicator

Reading

6.5

6.5

Listening

6.0

6.0 

Speaking

6.0

6.0

Writing

5.5

5.5

Minimum Overall Required for Admission

6.5

6.5

 

Note: Some graduate programs require higher minimum scores than those listed above. Please review the English proficiency requirements for your specific program of interest here.

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.

Official IELTS and IELTS Indicator test scores can be uploaded to the online application under IELTS Score Report, 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.

The Graduate School accepts results showing that a student has satisfied the English proficiency exit requirements of one of the intensive English language programs listed below.

Intensive English Language Programs and Exit Requirements Accepted by the Graduate School for Admission

Program

Exit Requirement

Purdue University Northwest English Language Program (ELP)

Achieve a minimum of 80% (Level 4 examination) and pass an Exit Test (consisting of speaking and writing components).

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Program For Intensive English (PIE)

Pass all classes with grades of at least B (82%) and pass the PIE Proficiency Exit Test at the Level 7 level.

ELS Language Center’s English for Academic Purposes Program Level 112 Certification
(Fort Wayne Campus Applicants Only)

Complete 12 weeks of study using curricular materials written at the native speaker level (~360 hours classroom instruction in speaking, listening, reading, writing); complete extensive research paper using standard research protocols in a monitored setting; pass Michigan English Language Institute College English Test (MELICET) and Listening Comprehension Test (LCT) standards; pass speaking and writing evaluation.

 

Successful completion of the intensive English language program must be certified, in writing, by the intensive English program faculty to the Office of Graduate Admissions at West Lafayette or the equivalent office at the regional campuses before applicants using this method of establishing English proficiency may be admitted to the Graduate School.

The certificate of completion can 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.

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 36 months prior to 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. Note: Some graduate programs may still require a test of English proficiency for admission; please confirm the acceptance of this waiver with your department.

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
  • Malawi
  • Micronesia
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norfolk Island
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • South Sudan
  • Helena
  • Kitts and Nevis
  • Lucia
  • Vincent and Grenadines
  • Swaziland
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • The Gambia
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Routine waivers of English proficiency requirements are granted to current Purdue University students seeking a graduate degree, certificate, non-degree, or teacher license within three consecutive sessions of their last Purdue University registration. In order to obtain the English Proficiency waiver, the student must have:

  1. Previously satisfied Purdue English proficiency requirements (via one of the options listed above); and
  2. A current recommendation for admission to a Purdue graduate degree-seeking, non-degree, teacher’s license, or graduate certificate program.