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Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The GRE general test is given year-round at authorized testing centers and is not offered at New Paltz.  The GRE subject tests are offered at New Paltz.  The code for New Paltz is 2541.

To find out more about the general or subject exams call 1-800-GRE-CALL or go to


Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

The Miller Analogies Test is offered at SUNY New Paltz throughout the year on an individual basis at a date and time chosen by the test taker and the proctor. Please download this MAT Registration Form and contact 845-257-2900 if you have any questions.

Some departments require a certain proficiency on the exam for acceptance into their graduate programs.  Contact the appropriate department chairperson or The Graduate School for this information.

For more information about the exam, go to

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

Prospective international students for whom English is not the native language, and any applicant whose undergraduate degree is from a country where English is not the main language of instruction are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency.  Review the chart below for methods of demonstrating language proficiency.  NOTE: Individual departments may require a score higher than the minimum acceptable score, so students should consult their departments.  Please see the International Student page for more information.

Satisfactory Demonstration of English Language Proficiency

Conditional Admission for Applicants with Limited English Language Proficiency


English Proficiency may be demonstrated by providing evidence of meeting one of these criteria:

1. An official score of 80 on the TOEFL iBT, and 85 if your major is MA English English, or an 90 if your major is Second Language Education (TESOL).

2. An official score of 550 on the TOEFL PBT, 563 if your major is MA English, or a 575 if your major is Second Language Education (TESOL).

3. An official score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or a 7.0 if your major is Second Language Education(TESOL).

4. An official score of 53 on the PTE Academic, 57 for MA English applicants, or a 61 for Second Language Education (TESOL) applicants.

5. A passing score on a proficiency test given upon arrival on campus.

6. A Certificate of English Language Proficiency from the Haggerty English Language Program at SUNY New Paltz.

7. A college degree from a US institution.

In the event that you are offered admission having only demonstrated a marginal level of English Language Proficiency, you will be required to sit for a placement exam.  The exam may include:

1. A test of grammar, reading and listening comprehension.

2. An oral interview, and possibly

3. A writing sample.

Based upon your performance on the exam, you may be required to register for additional English language instruction.  All students must demonstrate the required level of English proficiency before being allowed
to begin graduate coursework.

If you need additional information, please contact the Haggerty English Language Program at 845-257-3595.