Graduate Testing Information & Dates

Graduate Testing Information




The English Language Placement Exam (ELPE) for graduate students is required of all incoming international students whose first language is other than English. The 2021 ELPE will be adminitered in early summer 2021 (date pending). For new international graduate students entering in Fall 2021, information will be sent to you by email.

Some international graduate students are exempt from this exam (for example, students who completed all years of an undergraduate degree at an approved English medium institution). Exemptions are determined by the Graduate Division and are made available to the EMS Program prior to the ELPE date.

If you are a current UCSB student but have missed the ELPE, contact the EMS placement administrator:



Prospective Teaching Assistants

TA English Language Evaluations are required of all international students whose home language is other than English who are offered a TAship for the first time. These evaluations are arranged for students at the request of the student’s home department.

Please note – there are no exemptions to the TA English Language Evaluation.

For more information on these evaluations, please review our TA Information section: