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TOEFL & TrueNorth

Please refer to the WVU English Language Learning Institute (ELLI) for the most up-to-date information regarding language proficiency examination.

University Language Requirements for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Students whose native language is other than English must take a standardized test of English proficiency before admission to WVU. Using the tests that have a separate speaking component, the TOEFL iBT and the IELTS, a satisfactory speaking score can be used to indicate English speaking proficiency. Note that only official scores will be accepted for this purpose.

  • Minimum scores: The requirements vary based on whether the GTA will teach in English or another language. 
    • For GTAs who teach in English, a score of 22 on the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT or a score of 7.5 on the speaking section of the IELTS will satisfy the English-speaking proficiency requirement. 
    • For GTAs who teach in a language other than English, a score of 18 on the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT or a score of 6.0 on the speaking section of the IELTS will satisfy the English-speaking proficiency requirement.
  • Where to find scores: All test scores are noted in Banner. For verification, contact Melody Thomas at mthoma29@mail.wvu.edu (or InternationalAdmissions@mail.wvu.edu as a backup) in the Office of Admissions.
  • What to do next:
    • If the minimum test scores are met, nothing else needs to be done.
    • If the scores on the standardized tests do not meet the minimum threshold (and the student has not previously passed the SPEAK test), the potential GTA can sign up for a TrueNorth® speaking test through ELLI.
  • TrueNorth® test score minimums: The score needed is either 7.5 for GTAs who teach in English or 6.0 for GTAs who teach in a language other than English (such as foreign language classes). Register and pay for the TrueNorth® test.
This information is provided by ELLI.