The English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE) evaluates English skill in the area of oral communication.

International graduate students who wish to serve in teaching positions who have not met certification requirements prior to enrollment can certify by passing the English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE) offered by Testing Services on the Texas A&M campus.

Visit the Testing Services website for more information on upcoming exam dates and how to register for the English Language Proficiency Exam.

International Graduate Students Serving in Teaching Positions

If international graduate students who wish to serve in teaching positions do not achieve requisite standardized test scores prior to enrollment, they can certify by taking the oral section of the on-campus English Language Proficiency (ELPE) exam.  [See chart below.]

Individual colleges or departments may choose to establish test standards that exceed the University minimums listed below. 

Eligibility levels for international graduate students serving in teaching positions:

Level 1:
Students eligible for teaching assignments

Level 2:
Students conditionally eligible for teaching assignments for one semester only, but must simultaneously participate in Center for Teaching Excellence English Language Proficiency (CTE-ELP) instruction and achieve a certifying score on the ELPE by the end of the semester.

Level 3: Students not eligible for teaching assignment. Students should participate in spoken language training (such as those provided by CTE-ELP) to assist them in meeting English language proficiency requirements.


Global Standardized Tests

Locally Administered (on Texas A&M campus) Exam

Level #

TOEFL speaking section

IELTS speaking section

PTE speaking section

ELPE oral exam
















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