Test Scores

Depending upon your field of study, you may be required to take one or more standardized tests. Standardized tests are uniform in nature and are administered and scored in the same fashion for all students by organizations not affiliated with Purdue University.  

Only test scores received in the Graduate Studies Office directly from the testing facility are considered official.

Typically these tests are completed in your senior year before you begin applying for graduate study, but always be sure to check with the Purdue program to which you may apply in order to determine its specific requirements and deadlines.

Common standardized tests that may be required for admission include:

  • The GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) has a general test component, which is most often required for graduate admission. Some programs will also require the completion of a GRE Subject Test that focuses on a specific field of study. Although the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not a Graduate School requirement, many graduate programs require this test. Please check the Graduate Program Requirements Web page for this requirement. For information and test dates visit www.gre.org. Purdue University Calumet’s code for the GRE application is 1638.
  • The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is often required for individuals interested in management or other business-related programs.
  • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) evaluate a person’s level of English proficiency for individuals whose native language is not English.

International degree-seeking applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores for Purdue University Graduate School admission.

The Graduate School accepts valid TOEFL scores earned through the paper-based test and Internet-based test.  Institutional TOEFL scores (ITP) are not accepted.  The minimum paper-based test score required for admission is 550. The minimum Internet-based test scores required for admission are the following:

  • Writing 18
  • Speaking 18
  • Listening 14
  • Reading 19
  • Total 77

Note that in addition to required minimum scores for writing, speaking, listening, and reading, the Graduate School also requires a minimum overall score that is higher than the minimums for the four area tests combined. Applicants must meet or exceed each of the five scores (listed above) for admission to the Graduate School. Some graduate programs require higher minimum scores. Please check with your program of interest for additional requirements.

Only official TOEFL scores received directly from Educational Testing Service are acceptable.    For further information, visit TOEFL.org. TOEFL score reports are only valid for two years.   Purdue University Calumet’s code for the TOEFL application is 1638. 

The Graduate School accepts International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test scores in addition to the TOEFL. An overall band score of 6.5 is required for admission.   For more information, visit IELTS.org.    Only IELTS scores received directly from the testing facility are considered official.