Most undergraduate and many graduate students entering Indiana University who are nonnative speakers of English are required to take the Indiana Academic English Test (IAET) before beginning studies at IU.
English Proficiency Test
Who is exempt from taking the test?
There are several ways you can become exempt from taking the IAET:
- Freshmen or transfer students: you will not have to take the test if you earn a high score on the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB (we only except scores from the official testing agencies). The necessary scores are as follows:
- Internet-based TOEFL: 105
- Print-based TOEFL: 620
- IELTS: 7.5
- MELAB: 87
- Transfer students: you will not have to take the test if you have at least 45 transferrable credit hours.
- Graduate students: you will not have to take the test if your graduate department waives the requirement. However, if you are an Associate Instructor (AI) and are not a native English speaker, you are subject to the TEPAIC (Test of English Proficiency for International Associate Instructor Candidates).
- All students: you will not have to take the test if you are from one of the English speaking countries as defined by this list.
Why do I have to take the IAET?
IU is committed to helping all of our students succeed academically. We know that English language proficiency is a critical component of that success for students whose first language is not English. By giving this test to incoming students like you, we can identify specific areas in which you may need additional English language study to be academically successful.
The IAET takes into account the specific coursework demands at IU. IU instructors familiar with these demands actually grade the test. And since the test takes place immediately before you begin your studies at IU, it assesses your current skills
What will the test be like?
The test takes approximately four hours, and includes the following parts:
- Writing test 1: narrative writing
You will choose one topic from three to write a narrative essay. You will have 15 minutes to complete this section.
- Writing test 2: argumentative writing
You will read several different texts and then respond in writing. You will have 50 minutes to complete this section.
You will have a 10 minute break.
- Audio-visual listening test
You will listen to several audio passages and then respond to 30 multiple choice questions. You will have 45 minutes to complete this section.
- Oral interview
You will meet with a test proctor face-to-face to conduct an oral interview.
General instructions for taking the test
- You will be assigned a time and place to take the test as part of your orientation schedule.
- Arrive at the test site at least 15 minutes before your test time.
- No dictionaries are allowed.
- Bring a photo ID. You will not be permitted to take the test without it.
- Most of the test is administered on a computer. You will need to follow IU's academic misconduct policy while taking the test (more information will be provided when you arrive for the test).
- The test room can sometimes be cold. You may want to bring a sweater or light jacket.
- If you have questions about the test, you may contact Dr. Linda Abe (email@example.com).
- You may leave the test site once you finish all four sections of the exam.
When will I find out my test score?
Test scores are sent to your academic advisor or department the same day that you take the test. When you meet with your academic advisor, they will discuss the results with you.