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MEMORANDUM

 

Date:

July 16, 2020

To:

All Graduate Deans, Associate Deans, School Directors, Department Chairs, Coordinators, and Staff

From:

UF Graduate School

RE:

Temporary Emergency English Test Policy Adjustment Due to COVID-19

 

In light of possible continued testing difficulties here and abroad amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School has made these temporary emergency English test policy adjustments for applicants seeking to start degree programs Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer A/B/C 2021, or Fall 2021 only:

1.     For admission to a graduate degree program, we will accept alternative indicators of English language proficiency in lieu of IELTS and TOEFL scores if both tests are unavailable to the applicant. Alternatives could include:

 

·       TOEFL ITP Plus for China scores (click for details: TOEFL ITP China)

·       Pearson PTE Academic scores (click for details: PTE Academic)

·       Duolingo scores (click for details: Duolingo)

·       Documented departmental interviews (in person or via Skype/Zoom)

·       Documentation of extensive experience with living and working in an English-language environment

·       Any combination of these alternatives

However, due vigilance must be exercised in resorting to IELTS/TOEFL alternatives, since being able to communicate in an unfamiliar environment is a matter of student mental health and social well-being, not just academic performance. In resorting to IELTS/TOEFL alternatives, your program will remain responsible for coordinating remedial English if the admittee’s academic performance shows need for it.

2.     For appointment to a teaching assistantship (TA), current policy remains in force. Florida law requires teaching assistantship appointees to demonstrate —before they are assigned teaching duties — adequate English skills for teaching in the classroom, laboratory, or other instructional venue, be it in person or online. In the absence of acceptable TOEFL Speaking Portion scores, our on-campus SPEAK Test, offered through Academic Spoken English (ase.ufl.edu), will remain the means to meet that statutory requirement for employment as a teaching assistant with assigned instructional duties.

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