Is a Language Test Required?

The English language requirement may be waived in the following circumstance only.

The applicant is a native of or has studied in full-time status for at least one academic year within the last five years in one of the following countries:

  • U.S.

  • United Kingdom

  • Ireland

  • Australia

  • New Zealand, or

  • English medium universities in Canada or South Africa*

  • *NOTE: This applies only to English medium universities in Canada or South Africa. Study in English medium universities and in other countries does not qualify for a waiver

Waivers apply to students from the countries listed above only. Waivers only apply to those who have studied full time in one of the countries listed on the waiver list above.  Employment in an English-speaking country does not make you eligible for a waiver. If you believe you qualify for a waiver, then contact the admissions office to have your case reviewed. 

What are the Accepted Types of Language Tests? 

For the purpose of meeting the English language requirement of the Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program, students may submit either:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or

  • Academic English Proficiency Assessment (AEPA)

There is no minimum score requirement for TOEFL or IELTS.

What is AEPA and How Can I Take AEPA?

What is AEPA?
The Academic English Proficiency Assessment (AEPA) is an alternative TOEFL or IELTS language assessment. It is offered through UChicago's Office of Language Assessment. AEPA is an 30-minute one-on-one phone conversation. For more information about the AEPA test format, please click here.

How do I take AEPA?
Step 1: Student requests the AEPA registration via application system and pays for the fee online.
Create your application account here. Choose the "Non-degree Program" and then the "Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program". In the section of "Supplement" after the "Test Scores", please choose “I need to request to take the AEPA as part of my application documents”. Once you finish the selection, the system will receive your request and our staff will proceed your request for AEPA. There is a $70 non-refundable assessment fee charged by the University of Chicago Office of Language Assessment (OLA) and will be collected during the application process online.

Step 2: Student will be contacted by the OLA staff to take the test
Once your AEPA request is received, you will receive a registration email from the Office of Language Assessment via in 7 work days to complete the AEPA registration. Please make sure that you add this email address to your contacts so that it does not go to your spam folder. It is your responsibility to respond to the email and schedule the assessment before the application deadline.

Step 3: Student takes the test and submits the application online
Once you have finished the AEPA, you can submit your application online as completed.

Where to Send My Score?

Please note that we accept unofficial score reports. You can upload a PDF version of your TOEFL or IELTS score report directly to your application.

TOEFL: If you are taking the TOEFL, request the scores to be sent to 1849 (Harris School of Public Policy).

IELTS: University of Chicago downloads IELTS scores that have been transmitted to our e-download account. Please contact your test center and request that your scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account:

University of Chicago - Graduate Enrollment  
970 East 58th Street, Third Floor
Chicago, IL 60637           

If you have issues contacting the test center, please email with your TRF number as soon as possible.

AEPA: AEPA Score report will be directly sent to the admissions team so there requires no further action from you to send the score.