EIS Exam

International students without a qualifying TOEFL or IELTS score are eligible to take an English proficiency exam through Duke University’s English for International Students department.  While we do not have a minimum passing score for the EIS exam, we review the test results alongside the rest of the application to assess an applicant’s level of English proficiency. 

EIS will report the results of the exam to the student and program within one week. The test will consist of the following:

  • A Skype interview (15 minutes)
  • Composing an academic essay (45 minutes)
  • Answering questions about a reading (30 minutes)

The registration deadline for the exam is April 2, 2018. Please complete the following steps to register for the EIS exam:

  1. Go to the Test Application page and click on “Apply Now”.
  2. Create a new user account or login to an existing account.
  3. Complete the one-page application for Duke Summer Session Language Testing and click on “Submit”.
  4. Watch for an email from learnmore@duke.edu within the next few days with instructions for how to pay the $125 fee (due within seven days) by credit card online.
  5. After you have paid for the test, Christian Gómez, the EIS Program Coordinator, will be in touch with you to arrange for the exam.

Below are our policies for cancellations, rescheduling, and “no-shows”:

Cancellations – If you would like to cancel your registration for the language exam, you may do so by calling (919) 684-6259 or emailing learnmore@duke.edu. Participants cancelling their exam at least two business days prior to their test date will receive a refund of 50 percent of the testing fee. No refunds will be issued to those who cancel within two business days of the exam or fail to show up for the exam.

Rescheduling – In order to reschedule your exam, you will need to give at least 24 hours’ notice. To do so, please contact Christian Gómez at christian.d.gomez@duke.edu or (919) 613-8029.

No-Shows – If you do not attend your exam within 15 minutes of the scheduled exam start time, you will be considered a ‘no-show’. In this event, you will not receive a refund of the registration fee.  If you would like to register for the exam after no-showing, you will need to pay the registration fee again.