English Proficiency for International Students

All international students from countries in which English is not the primary native language must take an English-language-proficiency test, except international students who have attended a college or university in the United States for at least one academic year (two semesters or three quarters). The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic are the only tests accepted by Georgia Tech.

The minimum scores for graduate admission required by Georgia Tech are:


7.0 Overall Band score and minimum Component Band scores of:

6.5 Reading

6.5 Listening

6.5 Speaking

5.5 Writing


  • 577 (paper based), or
  • 90 (Internet based) and minimum section scores of 19

Test scores are valid for a period of two years from the date of the exam. Scores must be valid at the start of the term in which you will matriculate.

Some academic programs require higher scores. (See the program(s) of choice in the degree program listing found at www.grad.gatech.edu to determine the minimum scores required by each program.) Since the results of this test constitute part of the material reviewed for admission to graduate study at Georgia Tech, students must arrange to have the Educational Testing Service or International English Language Testing System send their official scores to the Graduate Studies office as early as possible.