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.

Please see the Social Science Division website for information regarding GRE requirements.

Who must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores?

International applicants must demonstrate an adequate command of both spoken and written English, and they are required to submit English proficiency test scores. Domestic applicants whose native language is not English or who have not attended undergraduate or graduate schools in countries where the primary language is English may be required to submit proof of English proficiency.

The University of Chicago accepts either the internet-Based Test (iBT) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The English language requirement may be waived if the applicant studied for at least one academic year in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or English-language universities in Canada or South Africa. That study must have been completed within the last 5 years.

Students who studied in English in other countries - including India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Singapore - are not exempt from the English language requirement.

What TOEFL or IELTS scores are required?

Students must score a minimum of 26 in each of the TOEFL sections, or a minimum of 7 in each section of the IELTS.

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.