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English Language Requirements

Testing
English Proficiency Exam
English 601

TESTING:

Most international students who have been admitted to the Graduate School of UNC-Chapel Hill are required to take an English Proficiency Exam before enrolling in their first semester.  Undergraduates, exchange students, MAC and MBA students are not required to take the exam.  All admitted Graduate students who were required to submit a TOEFL score ARE required to take the English Proficiency Exam, regardless of the score they received on the TOEFL exam. There are several categories of graduate students who may qualify for an exception to the English Proficiency Exam:

  • Those from countries where English is the SOLE OFFICIAL language of instruction (Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada-except Québec, England, Ghana, Ireland, India, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobago, Uganda, and Wales)

  • Those who have received or will receive a degree from an accredited university in the United States (If you are currently enrolled at a U.S. institution, you must submit an official transcript or verification of degree candidate status from that institution to qualify for a TOEFL or IELTS waiver. If the degree or an official verification is not received, the score will again be required.)

  • Those who have received or will receive a degree from an accredited university where English is the SOLE language of instruction. (If you are a degree candidate in a university where English is the SOLE language of instruction, you must submit an official verification from that university that English is the SOLE language of instruction along with your anticipated date of graduation. If the degree or an official verification is not received, the TOEFL score will again be required.)

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY EXAM:

The English Proficiency Exam is normally held just before the start of the Fall and Spring semesters. The time and location of the exam will be listed under the important dates section of the orientation webpage.  The exam will include writing, listening, reading, and grammar.  Please bring the following to the test: two No. 2 pencils, a good eraser, and some form of photo identification.  If you pass the test, you are not required to take English 601 (English for Speakers of Other Languages). However, if you do not pass the test, you must register for and take this course. Failure to take the test and/or register for English 601 (if required) will result in a hold being placed on future course registration.

ENGLISH 601: English for Speakers of Other Languages:

If your English test results indicate that you would benefit from more English instruction, you will be required to register for English 601 and take the course the first semester it is available. This course is designed primarily to help you improve your writing, but also covers vocabulary and grammar.  Course requirements include regular attendance, homework assignments, a midterm exam, and a final exam.  You will receive one of two grades at the end of the course:  S (satisfactory) or NG (no grade).  If you receive an S, you have passed the course.  If you receive NG, you will be required to take the class again the following semester. 

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