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Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide one of the tests (TOEFL, MELAB OR IELTS).  The test scores are valid for two years from the testing date.  

Important:  In order to match your test scores with your application, applicants must use the legal name and date of birth as listed on the passport when registering to take one of the three tests.  If the name and date of birth are not identical to the way it appears on the application, there will be a delay in ME receiving the test scores. 

An applicant can qualify for an exemption from taking an English proficiency examination if one of the following criteria is met:

    • You are a native speaker of English.
    • You completed all four years of your undergraduate education at an institution in the United States and earned a degree from that institution.
    • You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree in one of the following countries, Australia, English speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the Unitd Kingdom.
    • You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree at an institution where all classes are taught exclusively in English.   Rackham Graduate School may need to verify this with the institution attended.
    • You completed all of your graduate education (minimum of two years) and earned a degree in one of the listed countries: The United States, Australia, English speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom.   Master's Ph.D. and professional degrees are included in Graduate education.
    • Current U-M student.

NOTE:  If the TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS score is below the minimum requirement, the applicant will need to take it again.  The applicant will not receive an admission decision until we have valid English test scores. 

For additional information refer to Rackham's Required Tests for Non-Native English Speakers link.

 

Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Minimum TOEFL Score

    • Internet (IBT): 84
    • Paper (PBT): 560

TOEFL scores are sent via ETS. Photocopies are not accepted by the ME Department.  ETS institution code for University of Michigan (U-M) is 1839. 

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

Minimum MELAB score: 80

One original score report must be mailed directly to the Rackham Graduate School. Mechanical Engineering department will obtain the score results directly from Rackham. 

Send score report to:
Rackham Graduate School
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070 

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Minimum IELTS score:  6.5 

Academic version should be taken.

One original score report must be mailed directly to the Rackham Graduate School.  Mechanical Engineering department will obtain the score results directly from Rackham.    

Send score report to:
Rackham Graduate School
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Q:  Who should submit English test scores?

A:  Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency. They are required to provide one of the tests: Tests of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) OR International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents are not automatically exempt an applicant from taking an English proficiency exam.  If the applicant's first language is not English, the applicant must meet the exception in the above bullet or submit an English proficiency test score.

Q:  I would like to send ME my test scores and Curriculum Vitae to review if I am admissible to the program.  Can I do this?

A:  The Graduate Admission Committee does not provide an early review of a Curriculum Vitae or test scores.  The committee reviews all components of the application when they are added to the application and other supporting materials. Please do not e-mail us to ask us to review your documents before you apply.

Q:  What is the minimum test score requirement for TOEFL, MELAB and IELTS?

A:  TOEFL Internet (IBT) scores:  84, TOEFL Paper (PBT) scores: 560, MELAB scores: 80 and IELTS scores: 6.5.

Q:  How can I waive the requirement to submit English test scores if English is not my native language?

A:  Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor's or Master's degree are exempt from submitting English proficiency scores when:

      • You are a native speaker of English.
      • You completed all four years of your undergraduate education at an institution in the United States and earned a degree from that institution.
      • You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree in one of the following countries, Australia, English speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the Unitd Kingdom.
      • You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree at an institution where all classes are taught exclusively in English.   Rackham Graduate School may need to verify this with the institution attended.
      • You completed all of your graduate education, a minimum of two years durations, and earned a graduate degree in one of the following countries, the United States, Australia, English speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom. Graduate education includes Master's, Ph.D., and professional degrees. Graduate degrees that are exclusively research based are excluded.
      • Current U-M student.

Q:  How long are the TOEFL, MELAB OR IELTS scores valid?

A:  English test scores are valid for two years from the test date.

Q:  When should I submit the test scores?

A:  TOEFL, MELAB OR IELTS scores must be submitted on or before the application deadline. 

Q:  How are TOEFL, MELAB OR IELTS scores sent to the University of Michigan?

A:  For TOEFL scores, applicants request ETS to submit their test scores to the University of Michigan by way of code 1839. There is no longer a Department Code to select when requesting the scores to be sent to Mechanical Engineering (ME).  For MELAB and IELTS scores, official paper copies must be sent to the Rackham Graduate School.  Photocopies or faxes are not accepted at Rackham.   All applicants request ETS to submit their test scores to the University of Michigan by way of code 1839. There is no longer a Department Code to select when requesting the scores to be sent to Mechanical Engineering (ME).

Q:  What are the minimum score requirements?

A:  TOEFL scores: Internet (IBT): 84 or Paper (PBT): 560; MELAB scores: 80; IELTS scores: 6.5

Q:  What should I do if my English test scores are below the minimum requirement?

A:  If your English test scores are below the minimum requirement you must retake the test again.   Due to the Rackham Graduate School's policy, applicants whose native language is not English must provide valid English test scores.  See the next question to learn if there are waivers for submitting test scores.

Q:  What is the department code for ME? I need to list my scores with ETS.

A:  There is no longer a department code for departments at U-M.  Applicants can now list 1839 for the University of Michigan and all scores will be sent to U-M. 

Q:  My TOEFL, MELAB OR IELTS scores are close to expiring.  Should I retake the test?

A:  We will accept your English test scores as long as they are received before they expire.  If the expiration date is close, we encourage applicants to take the test again and request ETS to send us the new scores.  

Q:  How can I prevent a delay in my English test scores being received the Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department?

A:  Applicants must list their name the way it appears on their passport or other legal documents (e.g., Driver's license, State identification card, etc.). The name should be identical to the way it was listed on the online application.  If the name is not the same, there will be a delay in matching the scores with an applicant's application file. The applicant will have two UM identification numbers (UMIDs) created.  Applicants should only have one UMID.

Q:   I took multiple English tests.  Will the Graduate Admission Committee see all of my scores?

A:  Yes the committee will see all test scores submitted to the University of Michigan.  

Q:  I submitted my English test scores to the University of Michigan.  Should I also submit the test score report from ETS?

A:  Photocopies of the test score report are not accepted by ME.  Please do not send them to us in the mail or via e-mail. We only accept test scores from ETS electronically.

Q:  The Applicant Status Page in ME does not show that my TOEFL, MELAB OR IELTS scores have been received. I submitted my scores when I submitted the application. Why are the scores not appearing on the status page?

A:  This could be the result of an applicant having two UMIDs.  Applicants should only have one UMID.   Applicants must list their name the way it appears on their passport or other legal documents (e.g., Driver's license, State identification card, etc.). The name with ETS must be identical to the way it is listed on the online application.  If the name is not the same, there will be a delay in matching the scores with an applicant's application file. The applicant will have two UM identification numbers (UMIDs) created.  Applicants should only have one UMID.  

Q:  I would like for ME to review my TOEFL, MELAB OR IELTS scores and Curriculum Vitae/Resume to let me know if I am admissible to apply to the graduate program.

A:   ME department requires all components of the application before the Graduate Admission Committee will review it.  The committee will review TOEFL, MELAB OR IELTS SCORES and/or Curriculum Vitae/Resume with the full application. 

Q:  Where can I locate free practice tests for TOEFL and IELTS?

A:  Free practice tests can be found at: http://www.testpreppractice.net/ 

Q: Can I submit test score reports to ME?

A:  We only accept the electronic scores submitted by ETS for the TOEFL. MELAB and IELTS score reports should be sent directly to the Rackham Graduate School.

Q: Where can I locate free practice test for MELAB?
     
A: Free practice tests can be found at: http://www.cambridgemichigan.org/about-us/news/melab-sample-test-now-available

Q:  Did you receive my test scores? Would you please confirm that you have them?

A:  All applicants were provided to an Applicant Status Page to check the status of application items they submitted.  We receive numerous applications each term and unable to confirm if test scores have been received.  We strongly encourage applicants to check their page daily or weekly to see when the scores have been received.   However, in the event that it does not appear that we received your scores after eight weeks, please send us a message at me-grad-application@umich.edu.   

Q: I am an international student who is planning to apply to the SGUS program.  My TOEFL scores are expired from when I applied to the ME Undergraduate Program.  Do I need to submit English test scores?

A:  No you do not.  We have the scores from when the Undergraduate application was submitted to the University of Michigan. English test scores are not required for students who are curently at U-M and are planning to apply to our SGUS program.

Q:  I am a current international student at the University of Michigan student. Do I need to submit my English test scores again to apply for the ME Graduate Program?

A.  No. Current U-M international students previously submitted English test scores when applied to the University of Michigan for their first program. There is no need to submit a new or revised score.

SJTU students who are already attending classes at the University of Michigan, do not need to provide new English test scores for the ME Graduate Program.

Q:  Can I submit my scores after the deadline date?

A:  We encourage applicants to submit the test scores by the application deadline date. However, we understand that in some countries the tests are not offered frequently. We will accept late test scores. Scores should be received for Fall term, the second week of January. For Winter term the scores should be received by the second week of September.  Please note that sending your test scores after the deadline date may cause a delay in your application file being reviewed by the Graduate Admission committee.  The application and other supporting materials must be submitted by the deadline date pertaining to the term you plan to apply to our program.