Options for UIC Graduate Applicants

The Tutorium Can Help

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The Tutorium supports graduate programs that want options for recruiting highly qualified international students who do not meet the University’s English language requirements.

We offer two options for admitting qualified applicants who submit English language proficiency scores lower than those required for full admissions to graduate programs:

1. Grad+English

(Graduate Studies plus English Language Courses )

Admitted students take our English support courses (ELSI) in addition to the minimum number (9 credit hours or more) of graduate academic courses to supplement their English language skills. View detailed chart of ELSI courses and conditions.

2. Intensive English pre-Grad

(Intensive English Prior to Graduate Coursework)

Prospective students attend our Intensive English Program (IEP) and transition to a graduate program upon IEP completion.

Recommended score ranges for admission to each program

 Full Admission* (Total Score)Grad+English (Total Score)Subscores Requiring Grad+English Course(s)Intensive English pre-Grad (Total Score)
TOEFL iBT8070 to 79Listening<17
IELTS Academic6.55.5 to 6.0Listening<6.0
PTE Academic5447 to 53Listening<47
TOEFL rPT60^52 to 59Listening<17

^Each section of the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test has a score range of 0–30. No total score is reported.

Program Details

Estimated Timeline In IEP for Intensive English Pre-Grad

 1 Semester before Grad (estimated based on placement in IEP level 4)2 Semesters before Grad (estimated based on placement in IEP level 3)3 Semesters before Grad (estimated based on placement in IEP Level 1 or 2)
TOEFL iBTTotal Score: 60-69Total Score: 50-59Total Score: <50
IELTS AcademicTotal Score: 5.0Total Score: 4.5Total Score: <4.5
PTE AcademicTotal Score: 44 to 46Total Score: 40 to 43Total Score: <40
TOEFL rPTTotal Score^: 45 to 51Total Score^: 37 to 44Total Score^: <37

^Each section of the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test has a score range of 0–30. No total score is reported.

Students will be assessed when they finish the Intensive English Program to determine if any courses from the Grad+English program are required or recommended.

English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA)

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No scores, no worries!

Applicants can take Tutorium’s English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA)

For students unable to submit a test score, Tutorium administers the ELPA, an in-house English language proficiency assessment. We can administer it remotely or in-person.

  • The in-house assessment serves as an alternative to expensive exams such as TOEFL or IELTS.
  • The Tutorium can also use ELPA as a way to inform departments on students’ specific needs or progress.
  • The ELPA results also assist in determining:
    • full admission,
    • Grad+English option,
    • or Intensive English pre-Grad.

Important Note: The ELPA is not a test for UIC International Teaching Assistants (ITA). Click here for information on the UIC ITA Oral Certification Interview.