All incoming (new) graduate students whose first language is one other than English are required to take the University of Virginia English Language Proficiency Exam (UVELPE). CAELC administers the University of Virginia English Language Proficiency Exam at the beginning of each semester. The exam is used to determine the general adequacy of English language skills for various academic purposes. Any recommendations for further language study are based on the results of the exam. Incoming graduate students for whom English is not the first language are required to take the exam. Faculty, research associates, and research fellows for whom English is not the first language may also take the exam. In the case of a student, exam results and recommendations are forwarded to the student's director of graduate studies, graduate coordinator and associate dean as well as to the student. The University of Virginia English Language Proficiency Exam consists of three components: a grammar and vocabulary test, an essay, and a brief interview. The exam usually requires about two hours. Results and recommendations are available within a few days to a week. To read more about this language requirement, please refer to the graduate handbook here.
To find out current UVELPE testing times and registration information, click here.
CAELC also administers the SPEAK Test. Prospective international teaching assistants may take the exam in August, December, or May of each year. Candidates for the SPEAK Test are notified by their home academic department. Scores on the SPEAK Test are used to determine if prospective international teaching assistants require English language training before they begin their teaching assignment at UVA.
All prospective graduate teaching assistants whose first language is one other than English are required to take the SPEAK Test. A score of at least 55 is required for permission to begin teaching without completion of appropriate oral language training.