WHO IS REQUIRED TO TAKE THE INCOMING ENGLISH PLACEMENT EXAM?

All international graduate and undergraduate students with a TOEFL score below 600 PBT or 100 iBT must take a placement exam when they arrive at the Institute. The exam includes a reading test, an essay, and an interview. According to the combined results of these tests, students will either be placed in an IEP class or will be considered "exempt" from IEP classes.

WHO CAN BE WAIVED FROM TAKING THE PRATT ENGLISH LANGUAGE PLACEMENT EXAM?

Waivers will be granted to students who:

  • are native English speakers and who are citizens of countries where English is a national language;
  • have submitted a TOEFL score equal to or higher than 600 PBT or 100 iBT;
  • have submitted a combined IELTS score of 7.5 or higher;
  • have graduated from a four-year college or university degree program in the US or other English speaking country within the last 12 months with grades of B or better in Liberal Arts courses;
  • have a score of 4 or above on the AP English exam;
  • have submitted a score of 620 or higher on the SAT Verbal section;
  • are participants in the Fulbright or Humphries scholars programs; or
  • have an International Baccalaureate diploma and have received a 4 or better on the HL English Language A: Language and Literature Exam. 

Exam waivers will automatically be given to students with TOEFL scores above 100 (iBT) and those who come from countries where English is an official language and are native English speakers. Students who have graduated from a four-year degree program or a graduate program in the US within the last twelve months may submit their transcripts directly to the Intensive English program and may be issued a waiver upon review.

Please note: TOEFL waivers for the admissions process does not automatically waive the English Placement Exam requirement. Students who have taken the SAT in lieu of the TOEFL for admission are required to take the English Placement Exam unless they meet one of the waiver criteria listed above.

Where is the exam held?

The exam is held fully online.

How do I register for the exam?

Registration information and other scheduling details will be sent to you via email.

Can I use a dictionary?

Dictionary use is not allowed during the exams.

How long is the exam?

The reading/writing exam is two hours long.  The online interview is 15-20 minutes long.

What is the format of the exam?

The exam will include a reading test, an essay, and an interview.