Methods of Oral English Proficiency Certification

Students may be eligible for certification of oral English proficiency by one of these means: 

 See this flow chart for Certification by Test Scores  (TOEFL, IELTS & OEPT) and Consequences of OEPT scores. 

 

Purdue Test Score Cut-Offs for Graduate School Admission and for Certification of Oral English Proficiency

The chart below shows the cut-off scores (minimum acceptable scores) for admission to Purdue's Graduate School, and the scores accepted for certification of oral English proficiency of TAs who teach undergraduate students, as of September, 2019.

 It is important to note that the Graduate School Admission TOEFL iBT cut-off score for speaking,18, is significantly lower than the cut-off score required for certification of oral English proficiency for TAs, currently 27 on the TOEFL iBT.

Cut-Off Scores for Graduate School Admission and for Oral Proficiency Certification of Prospective TAs

Test
Score Range
Graduate School Admission
Cut-off scores
(Percentile)
Certification
of Oral English Proficiency of TAs
Cut-off scores
TOEFL iBT
 
 
 
   Writing
0-30
18 (60%)
 
   Speaking
0-30
18 (49%)
27 (90%) *

 

   Listening
0-30
14 (29%)
 
   Reading
0-30
19 (51%)
 
   TOTAL
0-120
80
 
 
 
IELTS
 
   Writing
1-9
5.5
 
   Speaking
1-9
6.0
8 *

 

   Listening
1-9
6.0
 
   Reading
1-9
6.5
 
   TOTAL
1-9
Overall 6.5
 
Purdue’s
Oral English Proficiency Test
35-55
Not Required
50
*Less than two years old

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