Suggested Test Dates and Score Requirements

The University of Chicago encourages students to take the GRE or TOEFL, as appropriate, by November 15 for the January deadline, or by March 1 for the April deadline.

What TOEFL or IELTS scores are required?

Students must score a minimum of 25 in each of the TOEFL sections, or a minimum of 7 in each section of the IELTS.

Students may take either the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition or the regular TOEFL exam.

For the IELTS, only the IELTS Academic exam is accepted.

Are conditional offers of admission made, pending improved scores on the TOEFL or IELTS exam?

Yes. Students will need to report the new scores by mid-June in order to receive their student visas in time for our summer programming.

Are there alternatives to retaking the TOEFL or IELTS exams for admitted students?

Admitted students who score a minimum 23 in the TOEFL speaking, and a 26 in all other TOEFL categories, or a minimum 6 in the IELTS speaking, and a 7 in all other IELTS categories, do not have to retake the language exams. Instead, they can take the Academic English Proficiency Assessment (AEPA), a 30-minute interview with a UChicago language specialist. If they score a “Proficient” or higher, those students can matriculate provided that they take the Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program (AEPP) in August.

The AEPP is highly recommended for all international students who do not have English as a native language, even if your TOEFL scores are well above our thresholds. The AEPP will teach you how to bring your written work to the professional level. It will also help ensure that you do as well as possible with your graduate course work.