Language Proficiency

The minimum required scores are 95 for the Internet-based TOEFL and 7.0 for the IELTS test.  Preferred score for the Internet-based TOEFL would be 100.

Students for whom their first language is not English and who do not have a TOEFL or IELTS score may elect to be tested by the English for International Students (EIS) program in the Duke University Graduate School.  For the language test, students will be asked to participate in a Skype interview (15 minutes), write an academic essay (45 minutes), and answer questions about a reading (30 minutes).  The test will begin with a Skype interview, after which students will be sent a reading with questions and a writing prompt.  Following the interview, they will be required to submit their responses to the reading and writing components within an hour and 15 minutes.  After the test, EIS will report the results to the student and the program within one week.  
Please complete the following steps to register for the English language exam through Duke’s EIS Office:
Step One: Go to the Test Application page and click on Apply Now.  
Step Two: The system will prompt you to create a new user account or login with an existing account. If you don’t have a user account, create one:

  • If you are high school student under 18 years old who will be applying for Summer College for High School Students, select “I am a New User” under 18 years old. 
  • If you are a college student over 18 years old who will be applying as an International Summer Scholar, select “I am a New User” over 18 years old. 

Step Three: Complete the one-page application for Duke Summer Session Language Testing and click on Submit.
Step Four: Watch for an email from over the next few days with instructions for how to pay the $125 fee (due within 7 days) by credit card online.
Step Five: After you have paid for the test, Kaitlyn Aigner, the EIS Program Coordinator, will be in touch with you to arrange for the test.

If you would like to cancel your registration for the language exam, you may do so by emailing  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 the exam within two business days of the test date or fail to show up for the exam.

Please note that an average score of 4 on the EIS  test is required for admission. A score of 3.5 may be considered on a case-by-case basis in conjunction with course selection and academic transcript.