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English Proficiency Requirements

International degree-seeking applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic scores for Purdue University Graduate School admission.

The Graduate School accepts valid* TOEFL scores earned through the paper-based test and Internet-based test. The minimum paper-based test score required for admission is 550. The minimum Internet-based test scores required for admission are the following:

  • Writing 18
  • Speaking 18
  • Listening 14
  • Reading 19
  • Total 77

Note that in addition to required minimum scores for writing, speaking, listening, and reading, the Graduate School also requires a minimum overall 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 www.toefl.org.

Purdue University West Lafayette's code for the TOEFL application is 1631.

Purdue University Calumet's code for the TOEFL application is 1638.

Purdue University Fort Wayne's code for the TOEFL application is 1336.

Purdue University North Central's code for the TOEFL application is 1640.

IUPUI's code for the TOEFL application is 1325.

The Graduate School also accepts valid* International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. An overall band score of 6.5 is required for admission. For more information, visit www.ielts.org.

The Graduate School also accepts valid* the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic scores. An overall score of 58 is required for admission. For more information, visit http://www.pearsonpte.com.

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

English Speaking Countries

The Graduate School will routinely waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE for applicants who have received a baccalaureate degree or graduate or professional degree, within the last 24 months, 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).

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

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