University of Minnesota  Appendix

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Note: System campuses may opt for alternate scoring systems.

Required scores for various levels of TA duties
ELP Rating Description TA responsibilities
ELP 1 You have an ELP of 1 if you scored 27-30 on the TOEFL iBT speaking section, 8.5 or 9 on the speaking section of IELTS, earned 1 on the SETTA, OR passed the GRAD 5105 final exam. You are eligible for all instructional responsibilities. You are not required to take any courses in the International TA Program
ELP 2 You have an ELP of 2 if you scored 23-26 on the TOEFL iBT speaking section, 7, 7.5 or 8 on the speaking section of IELTS, OR earned 2 on the SETTA, or passed the GRAD 5102 final exam. You are eligible for all instructional responsibilities but must be enrolled in GRAD 5105 while working as a TA or instructor in a class, lab, recitation, discussion online or face to face. No International TA Program coursework is required if you are grading, tutoring, holding office hours, or proctoring.
ELP 4 You have an ELP of 4 if you scored 18-22 on the TOEFL iBT speaking section, 6 or 6.5 on the speaking section of IELTS, OR earned 4 on the SETTA. Also, if you have an IELTS score of 5.5 that is more than 2 years old, your ELP rating is '4'. You are eligible only to tutor, hold office hours, grade, or proctor but must be enrolled in GRAD 5102 while holding a TA position. You are not eligible to teach online or face to face in a class, lab, recitation, or discussion.
ELP 5 You have an ELP of 5 if you scored <18 on the TOEFL iBT speaking section OR earned 5 on the SETTA. You are not eligible to hold any TA positions. We recommend these courses through the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP): ESL 3602 or ESL 3551. You may retake the SETTA upon successful completion of any MELP ESL course.