Frequently Asked Questions about UAB Graduate School
Academic English Assessments and Academic English Classes
Q: I already took the TOEFL & GRE. Why do I need another assessment?
A: Over the years, we have seen that many International students require additional language support even though they scored well on the GRE and the TOEFL. The purpose of the assessment is to identify your current level of academic English proficiency in both speaking and writing, and to provide you with the appropriate language support for a successful experience at UAB.
Q: Do I have to take both parts of the assessment?
A: Yes; To have a clear picture of your academic needs, you must take both oral and written components.
Q: How soon will I get my scores?
A: Usually within a few days. If you are a graduate student, your Academic English Assessment scores will be sent to you and your department for advising purposes. Based on these scores, one or more ACADEMIC ENGLISH courses may be recommended or required by your departmental program to assist you in your graduate training and professional development. If you’re a postdoctoral fellow or an employee, score reports will be sent directly to you.
Q: My score report indicates that a class is recommended. Am I required to take this class?
A: UAB Graduate School requires the assessment so that you and your department can plan your graduate studies. Your department will decide your specific course and program requirements. The Graduate School cannot waive those requirements made by your department.
Q: Do I have to pay for the Academic English classes?
A: Yes. If you have a fellowship or an assistantship, the cost of tuition for the Academic English courses should be covered. If you do not have financial support from your department, then the Graduate School offers tuition assistance for the second Academic English class taken. Students must request the tuition assistance and have it approved before they register for the second Academic English course.
Q: How do I register?
A: You register for the Academic English courses through the regular UAB class registration process.
Q: What if I’ve already registered for my other classes before I get my Academic English Assessment Score?
A: You can add your Academic English classes online. However, you will be charged a late fee if you change your schedule after the first day of regular semester classes. (see Academic calendar) To register after the last day to Drop/Add, you must complete an Academic Appeal.