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Announcement

The 2017-18 application will be available September 8, 2016.

Tips for test registration and reporting:

  • Register early to maximize the chances of scheduling preferred test dates and times.
  • Use your legal name as stated on your passport or birth certificate when registering for your exams and when completing the online application, to prevent a delay in matching your test scores to your application.

GRE

Score minimums are established by each graduate program. Consult your graduate program website for any additional test requirements and submission deadlines. Contact information is listed in our Programs of Study.

TOEFL, ECPE, IELTS, and MELAB

Rackham English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency, unless they meet one of the criteria for an exemption listed below.

Language test scores are valid two years from the test date. The scores must be received from the testing agency no later than the graduate program application deadline.

Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores will not be accepted.

Rackham Graduate School's Minimum Score Requirements for Admission Consideration
Description of Test Assessment Provider Speaking Test Minimum Overall Score Submission of Test Scores
IBT TOEFL Educational Testing Service Yes 84 TOEFL scores are sent by ETS electronically to institution code: 1839
Paper/Pencil TOEFL & TWE Educational Testing Service No 560 TOEFL scores are sent by ETS electronically to institution code: 1839
MELAB Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments Optional 80 Scores are mailed directly to the Rackham Graduate School from the testing agency. Mailing address: Rackham Graduate School, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
IELTS Cambridge, United Kingdom Academic version 6.5 Scores must be sent directly to the Rackham Graduate School from the testing agency. Mailing address: Rackham Graduate School, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
ECPE Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments Yes certificate of proficiency Scores must be sent directly to the Rackham Graduate School from the testing agency. Mailing address: Rackham Graduate School, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070

Rackham English Proficiency Exemptions

You qualify for an exemption from taking an English proficiency examination if one of the following criteria are met:

  • You are a native speaker of English.
  • You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree at an institution where all classes are taught exclusively in English.
  • You completed all of your graduate education and earned a graduate degree at an institution where all classes are taught exclusively in English.
  • You are a current U-M student.

Examples of meeting the English Proficiency Exemption criteria:

  • You completed the last three years of your undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, and in addition, earned a Master’s degree that was one and one-half years in duration at the University of London.
  • You completed the last two years of your undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne, and in addition, earned a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Example of not meeting the English Proficiency Exemption criteria:

  • You completed two years of an undergraduate degree program at an overseas institution (Fudan University) where the medium of instruction is a language other than English. You then transferred to an institution (Monash University) where all classes are taught exclusively in English and earned a degree from that institution.

Graduate Program English Proficiency Requirements

Some graduate programs require higher language scores than the Rackham Graduate School or English proficiency scores from all non-native speakers of English regardless of their previous educational experience. Consult your graduate program website for any additional test requirements and submission deadlines. Contact information is listed in our Programs of Study.