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. 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.
Do I need this test?
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) unless they have been exempted from TOEFL or IELTS. However, in some cases, graduate departments have required exempted students to take the UVELPE. This can happen if the department wishes for the student to receive the resources and support that we offer. CAELC recommends that any student who was exempted from the TOEFL or IELTS for admission contact their department to see if they are required to take the UVELPE. CAELC is unable to verify this information on behalf of the student.
Faculty, research associates, and research fellows for whom English is not their first language may also take the exam in order to take ESL courses with CAELC.
When is the next test offered?
The UVELPE (University of Virginia English Language Proficiency Exam) will be held in August 2020. Register for this session below.