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TOEFL/IELTS

1.TOEFL

2.IELTS

UTPA and UTRGV students whose native language is not English will be expected to provide test scores for either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Graduate School.  We will not accept residual exams taken at another institution. 

Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Students whose native language is not English must complete and have submitted the scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) unless they meet one of the following exemptions.  

1. TOEFL exempt countries

  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Grand Cayman
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • New Zealand
  • Sierra Leone
  • Trinidad/Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • U.S.Pacific Trust
  • United States (other than Puerto Rico)

2. Other Exemptions

  • Students who have recently and successfully completed at least 30 hours of university level academic studies in one of the countries listed.
  • Lifetime residents of Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States (other than Puerto Rico).
  • Students who have completed the Advanced Level of the Intensive Program from the English Language Institute (ELI) at UTPA may submit their certificate of completion with their application.

3. Minimum Scores- TOEFL

UTPA Minimum Scores: 

  • 500 paper-based
  • 61 internet-based

UTRGV Minimum Scores: 

  • 550 paper-based
  • 79 internet-based

Note: some programs require a higher score, please consult the program requirements section for more information.

Important Information

  • Only test scores that are received directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS) or from the UTPA Testing Center are acceptable for admission purposes. Since it normally takes 8-10 weeks for test results to arrive at UTPA from the ETS, you should plan to take the tests well in advance of the appropriate application deadline to insure that scores will arrive on time.
  • UTPA will not accept residual TOEFL scores from exams taken at another institution.
  • If the test date was more than two years ago, the applicant must retake the examination and request that an official report from ETS be sent to UTPA.
  • The test bulletin of information and registration forms are usually available at American embassies and consulates, offices of the United States Information Agency, or online at www.ets.org.
  • The institution code to forward your scores to the University of Texas-Pan American is 6570.
University Testing Services

The University Testing Services provides a variety of Testing services for new students, currently enrolled students and the community University Testing Services

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the UTPA or UTRGV Graduate School.  We will not accept residual IELTS exams taken at another institution. Students scoring below the stated minimum scores for the IELTS will not be eligible for admission. 

1. Minimum Scores- IELTS

UTPA Minimum Scores: 

  • 5.5

UTRGV Minimum Scores:

  • 6.5

For information visit: IELTS