Admission to graduate programs and applications for fellowships often requires testing of prior learning. The most commonly used of these examinations is the Graduate Record Examination, or GRE.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a computer-based test designed to measure quantitative, analytical, and language abilities. Your specific graduate program website will indicate their GRE requirements. There are a number of businesses that offer GRE test preparation materials. Some of them offer free practice tests and downloadable software for studying. They also offer online and live courses with a wide range in pricing. Be sure to take advantage of all the free materials before making an investment in classes.
To qualify for fellowships, many graduate programs require that you take the GRE by the October or December before your fall admission. Subject tests are offered on specific dates, but dates fill up quickly, so plan ahead. ETS, the administrator of the GRE, offers detailed information on its website. Go to ETS »
An overview of the GRE that includes what to expect on test day, getting your scores, tools to help you prepare, and more can be found in Get the Power of Confidence downloadable file.
Professional schools or programs at IUPUI may require other, more specialized tests, such as the GMAT for business or the LSAT for law. Check the website of your program of interest for more information.
Testing for International Students
International applicants and non-native speakers of English may be required to take additional tests to demonstrate English proficiency and meet graduate or professional admission requirements. English proficiency can be demonstrated in many different ways. Be sure to verify English proficiency requirements with your program before registering for a specific exam or program. For a full list, visit international.iupui.edu/admissions/how-apply/graduate/english.html
Applicants from non-English speaking countries must prove English proficiency and may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination in order to qualify for graduate study at IUPUI; many graduate programs require a score significantly higher than the minimum campus standard. Be sure to verify English proficiency requirements with your program before selecting an alternative to the TOEFL. The Office for International Affairs offers further information on English proficiency requirements on its website.
An alternative testing system for English language skills is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). International applicants to graduate programs at IUPUI who use this credential must score at least a 6.5 in order to qualify for admission; many graduate programs require a score significantly higher than the minimum campus standard. Be sure to verify English proficiency requirements with your program.
English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
By University policy, most graduate students who are non-native speakers of English are required to take the EAP Placement Test prior to registering for classes, before the start of their first semester on campus, even if they completed the TOEFL test. Students’ letter of admission from the Office of International Affairs will indicate if they are required to take this test.
Some students who are permanent residents, political asylees, or undocumented without a U.S. degree are strongly encouraged to take the EAP Placement test. Graduate students in this category should speak to their advisor or the EAP Program about enrolling into an EAP course. Both undergraduate and graduate students may elect to take EAP courses even if they are not required to.
Because the EAP Placement Test is a placement test used to accurately determine English language skill level, students do not need to "prepare" for it. The scores are used to assign EAP classes that best meet students’ academic needs that will provide favorable English experiences necessary for a successful career at IUPUI and beyond.
The courses prescribed based on the students’ results on the EAP Placement Test are required. Students who have not completed their EAP requirements will not be able to graduate.
NOTE for graduate students and advisers: Graduate students who are being considered for a teaching role (tutor, lab assistant, teaching assistant, course instructor) are also required by university policy to take the SPEAK test and complete any required supplemental EAP courses recommended based on that test. The Graduate Office monitors compliance with the campus policy. More details about the SPEAK test can be found at liberalarts.iupui.edu/english/pages/eap-program-folder/speak-test.php.
The Department of English lists information such as test dates, testing locations, registration instructions, and more. EAP students also can take advantage of the ESL Tutoring Center. For questions about dates and times for the current semester, please email ESLTUTOR@IUPUI.EDU.
Graduate students who are being considered for a teaching role (tutor, lab assistant, teaching assistant, course instructor) are also required by university policy to take the SPEAK test and complete any required supplemental EAP courses recommended based on that test. The Graduate Office monitors compliance with the campus policy. More details about the SPEAK test can be found at liberalarts.iupui.edu/english/pages/eap-program-folder/speak-test.php.
Program for Intensive English (PIE)
The Program for Intensive English (PIE) at IUPUI provides non-native English speakers with educational programming to improve their English language skills. Once a student successfully completes Level 7 in the PIE, they will meet the minimum IUPUI English proficiency requirement. Be sure to verify English proficiency requirements with your program of interest to ensure they accept the PIE, and at what level.
To apply for the PIE, please visit their website at www.iupui.edu/~inpie/, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-274-4743.