Applicants who do not meet the English Language Requirement must submit proof of English language proficiency.

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Scholars English Requirements Required Language Test

Is a language test required?

Applicants are required to demonstrate proof of language proficiency by submitting one of the three (3) score reports: TOEFL, IELTS, or AEPA (UChicago internal language test). 

Applicants are not required to submit test scores if:

  • English has been a primary language of communication and schooling for you since childhood; or
  • You were enrolled for at least one academic year in full-time status in a course of study at an accredited English-medium post-secondary institution in one of the following countries or territories within the past ten years: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, the United States.

If you believe that your situation does not fall into any of the above listed scenarios, and you want to waive your English language requirement, please email us at directly. 

Summer Scholars English Reqirements Accepted Language Tests

What are the accepted types of language tests?

For the purpose of meeting the English language requirement for credential programs, students may submit either:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or

  • Academic English Proficiency Assessment (AEPA)

Summer Scholars English Requirements AEPA

What is AEPA and how do I take AEPA?

What is AEPA?

The Academic English Proficiency Assessment (AEPA) is an alternative to the TOEFL or IELTS language assessment. It is offered through UChicago's Office of Language Assessment. AEPA is a 30-minute, one-on-one phone conversation. For more information about the AEPA test format, please click hereThere is a $70 non-refundable assessment fee.

How do I take AEPA?

How to take AEPA guide


Step 1: Student requests the AEPA registration via application system and pays the fee online.

In the "Supplement" section of the application, on the "Test Scores" page, please choose “I need to request to take the AEPA as part of my application documents.” Once you save the section, the system will receive your request and our staff will process it. Please allow three business days to process your request. 

There is a $70 non-refundable assessment fee. The fee will appear in your application portal and is payable by credit card. You must pay the assessment fee prior to scheduling the assessment.

Step 2: Student will be contacted by the OLA staff to take the test.

Once your AEPA request is received, you will receive an email from the Office of Language Assessment via within seven work days inviting you to complete the AEPA registration. Please make sure that you add this email address to your contacts so that it does not go to your spam folder. It is your responsibility to respond to the email and schedule the assessment before the application deadline. We encourage you to schedule the earliest available assessment time.

Step 3: Student takes the test and results are added to application.

Once you have finished the AEPA, your results will be automatically added to your application. You do not need to worry about submitting the AEPA results to the Admissions Office. 

Minimum score requirement

What is the minimum score required?

There is no minimum TOEFL, IELTS or AEPA score requirement for Harris credential programs. We review each application holistically, and your English language ability is part of the admissions requirement.

Summer Scholars English Requirements Where to Send Scores

How do I submit my score?

You can enter your TOEFL or IELTS score directly into the application within the "Test Scores" section. Please note that we accept unofficial score reports. You can upload a PDF version of your TOEFL or IELTS score report directly to your application as a "miscellaneous" item.

If you choose to submit official test scores, then please follow the instructions below. 

TOEFL: If you are taking the TOEFL, request the scores to be sent to 1849 (Harris School of Public Policy).

IELTS: University of Chicago downloads IELTS scores that have been transmitted to our e-download account. Please contact your test center and request that your scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account:

University of Chicago - Graduate Enrollment
970 East 58th Street, Third Floor
Chicago, IL 60637

AEPA: After you have taken AEPA, the AEPA score report will be sent directly to the admissions team. No further action from you is required to send the score.