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Required Tests for Non-native English Speakers

  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide one of the official score reports in the table below.
  • TOEFL scores are sent electronically from ETS directly to the University of Michigan (institution code: 1839). Official IELTS test scores are sent as an official transcript from the IELTS testing center. Official ECPE and MELAB scores must be sent directly to the Rackham Graduate School from the testing agency.

    Rackham Graduate School
    915 E. Washington St.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070

  • Test scores are valid two years from the test date and must be received by the graduate program deadline.
  • We advise you to use your legal name as stated on your passport when registering for the TOEFL and in submitting the online application. If your name does not match exactly, there will be a delay in matching your test scores to the application data. In addition, your birthdate should be in month/day/year format (e.g., 09/19/1983).
  • 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
IBT TOEFL IBT TOEFL Educational Testing Service Yes 84
Paper/Pencil TOEFL and TWE Paper/Pencil TOEFL & TWE Educational Testing Service No 560
MELAB MELAB Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments Optional 80
IELTS IELTS Cambridge, United Kingdom Academic version 6.5
ECPE ECPE Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments Yes certificate of proficiency

The Rackham Graduate School's English Proficiency Exemptions

Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor's or Master's degree are exempt from submitting an official English proficiency score if:

  • The degree was earned from an institution where the language of instruction is English, exclusively. This exception does not apply if some classes completed were taught in a language other than English. Verification from the school may be required.
  • The degree was earned from a country where the official language is English (United States of America, Australia, England).

Being a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident does not automatically exempt an applicant from taking an English proficiency exam; if the applicant’s first language is not English, the applicant must meet the exception above or submit English proficiency exam.

Graduate Program English Proficiency Requirements

Some graduate programs require English proficiency scores from all non-native speakers of English regardless of their previous educational experience. Specific requirements can be obtained from the graduate program.