GRADUATE & Continuing Education

Graduate Testing FAQs

Do I have to take graduate testing?

Fitchburg State University no longer requires graduate testing for any of our programs. 

If you are seeking Initial Licensure through a master's, CAGS or graduate certificate you are required to pass the MTEL Communication and Literacy Test. 

How long are my test scores valid for?

MTEL test scores do not expire. TOEFL and IELTS scores are good for up to 2 years from date of exam. 

What are your minimum test score requirements?

  • The minimum passing test score for the TOEFL is 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (Internet based test). The minimum passing score for the IELTS is 6.5.
  • The MTEL Communication and Literacy Test is scored on a pass/fail basis.

How do I prepare for my graduate testing?

Preparing for your graduate testing is an important part of the admissions process.

  • MTEL -- Practice Test

How do I get a copy of my graduate admissions exam?

The Office of Admissions requires that you send in the original copy of your graduate exam scores directly from the test provider. We do not accept electronically scanned test score reports via email.

Do I have to take an English proficiency exam?

The TOEFL or IELTS is required of all international applicants with the exception of those who have earned a high school, associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree from an institution in the United States OR applicants from Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, or Canada. The minimum passing test score is 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (Internet based test). The minimum passing score for the IELTS examination is 6.5.

I sent my test scores with a previous application. Do you still have them on file?

The Admissions Office keeps admissions materials for up to three years.