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English Programs for Internationals


Test Preparation

TOEFL® SAT® GRE® GMAT®

A summary of each test follows, but for more detailed information about each test click on the test above, or look for them on the ETS website.

TOEFL® - Test of English as a Foreign LanguageTM
Most American colleges and universities, including the University of South Carolina (USC) require international students to take the TOEFL. The regular curriculum of the English Programs for Internationals (EPI) includes TOEFL preparation in all classes.

In addition, EPI offers an additional TOEFL preparation class and administers the Institutional TOEFL (paper-based test) each term for an additional fee. EPI students who successfully complete EPI's top level (6) are not required to take the TOEFL for admission to undergraduate degree programs at the University of South Carolina.

SAT® Program
The SAT is a test that is required at some American colleges and universities for undergraduate students. The SAT is not required for international students applying to the University of South Carolina.

GRE® - Graduate Record Examinations®
The GRE is an entrance examination that is required at most American universities for admission to graduate degree programs. EPI offers a GRE test preparation course that students can take as an additional course.

GMAT® - The Graduate Management Admission Test®
The GMAT is an entrance examination required at most American universities for students seeking admission to graduate degree programs in business. USC offers a GMAT preparation course.

IELTS®- International English Language Testing System
Approximately 99% of American 4-year colleges and universities that enroll more than 1,000 international students now accept IELTS as proof of English proficiency for their international applicants. An easy-to-use 9-band scale clearly identifies proficiency level.

The USC Testing Office, located in the Russell House, administers year-round computer-based GRE and iBT TOEFL examinations by appointment.

University Test Prep at USC

Whether you plan to enroll in undergraduate, graduate school, law school, or business school, University Test Prep, University's official test preparation program can help you realize your academic and educational goals. University Test Prep, offered by the Continuing Education and Conferences Office, provides FREE Strategy Workshops and extended prep courses for the GMAT, LSAT, GRE, SAT, and ACT. All programs are open to the general public. University Test Prep offers test preparation courses designed by former GRE, LSAT, and SAT exam question writers. Our experienced and professional instructors are highly trained exam preparation experts.

Visit the University Test Prep webpage

EPI offers a customized GRE Prep course for non-native speakers of English. This course if taught by University Test Prep at USC specialists. Please contact EPI for more information.