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Tests

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. GRE scores should be sent to institution code 1839; a department code is not required. 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 TestAssessment ProviderSpeaking TestMinimum Overall ScoreSubmission of Test Scores
IBT TOEFLEducational Testing ServiceYes84TOEFL scores are sent by ETS electronically to institution code: 1839
Paper/Pencil TOEFL & TWE (For tests taken prior to July 2017)Educational Testing ServiceNo560TOEFL scores are sent by ETS electronically to institution code: 1839
Revised Paper Delivered Test (For tests taken July 2017 or later)Educational Testing ServiceNoAn overall score is not provided for this test. Minimum section scores: Reading = 23; Listening = 23; Writing = 21TOEFL scores are sent by ETS electronically to institution code: 1839

MELAB

The last test administration was June 2018. Official score reports are available two years from the test date.

Cambridge Michigan Language AssessmentsOptional80Scores 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
IELTSCambridge, United KingdomAcademic version6.5Scores 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
ECPECambridge Michigan Language AssessmentsYescertificate of proficiencyScores 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 the language of instruction is English only.
  • You completed all of your graduate education and earned a graduate degree at an institution where the language of instruction is English only.
    • If you completed a Master’s degree that was strictly research and no academic classes, that degree does not meet the exemption. This type of Master’s degree is generally awarded at a non-U.S. institution.
  • You are a current U-M student.

Examples of meeting the English Proficiency Exemption criteria:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Contact Admissions

0120 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Phone: 734.764.8129
Fax: 734.615.7535

Hours

Admissions is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The office is closed Saturdays and Sundays and on the following holidays: Thanksgiving (Thursday and the following Friday), Christmas through New Year's, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), and Labor Day.

Rackham Graduate School will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21. We will return at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 26. During the holiday, there will be no processing of application materials and no updates to your Wolverine Access account. After we reopen, there will be a delay in processing application materials. Thank you for your patience as we process the high volume of materials.