English Language Proficiency Requirements

In addition to meeting all other applicable requirements for admission, non-native speakers of English must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency. This may be demonstrated by any of the following:


The GSTEP (Georgia State Test of English Proficiency) is a diagnostic test given to all non-native speakers of English entering Georgia State. The GSTEP is given to all incoming international students during International Student Orientation and is a prerequisite for registration in classes.

If you took the GSTEP as part of your application process, you are not required to take it again for placement purposes.
If you do not meet the minimum language proficiency requirements, you will be referred to the Intensive English Program (IEP).

You may find out more about the GSTEP by contacting the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL at 404-413-5200.

Conditional Admission-F1 Visa Applicants Only

Non-native speakers of English who meet all admission requirements except the English language proficiency may be granted conditional admission.

To be eligible for conditional admission, applicants meet one of the following: 

  • IETLS score of 4.5
  • TOEFL score of either:
    • 480 or better (paper test)
    • 54-55 (internet-based test)

Students granted conditional admission will be required to take certain courses in the Intensive English Program (IEP) before taking other courses at Georgia State.

A student may remain on conditional admission status for no more than three semesters.

Financial Aid is typically not available to IEP students.

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