English Evaluation Test (EET)
The English Language Studies Program administers the EET, which is designed for entering international graduate students whose primary language of instruction thoughout K-12 was not English. The exam identifies weaknesses in academic English that may interfere with course work, teaching and research at MIT.
The written part of the test takes about two and 1/2 hours, but students should be prepared to spend the morning until 12 noon in Room 10-250 (14E-310 for the Spring EET).
At the exam, students will receive a scheduled time for a brief oral interview.
Students must bring several #2 pencils and a pen to the exam. Traditional English/Bilingual dictionaries are recommended (no electronic devices of any kind are permitted).
Results of the Test
Results of the test will be available to students taking the test as well as to their advisors. Both students and advisors will receive the results via email before Registration Day.
Consultation with English Instructors
Instructors in English Language Studies will be available for consultation on Registration Day. The office numbers and phone extensions of the instructors are as follows:
Jane Dunphy (Director of ELS), firstname.lastname@example.org, 14N-312, 253-3069
A. C. Kemp, email@example.com, 14N-228, 253-4747
Eric Grunwald, firstname.lastname@example.org, 14N-236, 235-2676
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the EET?
2. When is the EET offered?
3. Who takes the EET?
4. Why do new international graduate students take the EET?
5. Who enforces the EET?
6. Do I need to register in advance in order to take the EET?
7. What do I need to bring to the exam?
8. When are the results available?
9. What do the results mean?
10. What is the relationship between the EET and the Graduate Writing Exam?
11. Whom should I contact with administrative questions?
13. Whom should I contact with questions?
What is the EET?
The EET is a diagnostic test of academic English given before each semester at the request of the Dean for Graduate Students. The English Language Studies Program administers the EET, which is designed for entering international graduate students whose primary language of instruction thoughout K-12 was not English. The exam identifies weaknesses in academic English that may interfere with course work, teaching and research at MIT.
The diagnostic takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete and is composed of three parts:
Part 1: Multiple-choice listening, reading, vocabulary and sentence structure test
Part 2: Writing task
Part 3: Short interview
When is the EET offered?
The EET is offered twice annually:
In the Fall, the EET is administered on the Tuesday before Registration Day. In the Fall Semester 2019, the EET is August 27th.
In the Spring, the EET is administered on the Thursday before Registration Day. In the Spring Semester 2020, the EET is January 30th.
Who takes the EET?
The Institute requires all entering international graduate students to take the EET if their primary language of instruction has not been English from the age of six through high school.
A student does not need to take the EET if English is not a his/her first language, but s/he has attended all schooling from the age of six in English. Many students from India, Malaysia, Singapore and other Asian countries, as well as African and Caribbean countries such as South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and St. Lucia fall into this category.
International students who would normally be required to take the EET but have already done undergraduate or Master’s degrees at MIT or at other comparable universities can discuss with departmental advisors the possibility of waiving the EET requirement.
Why do new international graduate students take the EET?
In accordance with the MIT Committee on Graduate School Policy (1982), newly admitted international graduate students should take the English Evaluation Test (EET) as a means of determining the current level of their academic English skills.
From the moment they enter the Institute, graduates students are expected to be productive members of a lively research community. They are involved in some or all of the following activities: participating in interactive seminars; completing coursework that requires presentations and research reports; teaching recitation or lab sections; interacting with representatives of industry; presenting research to peers, sponsors, and experts at meetings and conferences; as well as writing proposals, reports and journal papers. Few international students have experience with these types of communication tasks in English. Many have little experience even in their first languages. The EET provides new students and their advisors with information to help them prepare for success in their graduate activities at MIT.
Who enforces the EET?
Individual departments determine their policies regarding the EET. Members of the English Language Program are not responsible for regulations concerning who takes the exam, whether students act on recommended course work, or what happens if an international student is unable to be present the day of the EET.
If students cannot be present for the EET before their entering semester, they may do the assessment before the next semester or arrange to meet with a member of the English Language Program. Advisors in individual departments at MIT can determine whether students who need English support can be flexible in scheduling their classes.
Do I need to register in advance in order to take the EET?
What do I need to bring to the exam?
Examinees must bring a hard copy of a bilingual or English dictionary, several #2 pencils, and a pen. No electronic devices of any kind are allowed.
When are the results available?
The results of the EET are available the Friday afternoon before Registration Day. Results for each department will be emailed to departmental administrators. Administrators will distribute the results to the students’ advisors before Registration Day. Students will receive individual emails with their results and recommendations.
What do the results mean?
The EET results are strictly informative: there is no “passing” or “failing.” Students taking the EET have been admitted to MIT; the test results will not affect their status as admitted students. A student’s EET results may indicate that:
1. One or more academic English skills are weak enough to need immediate attention. A particular course is recommended. Departmental policy and a student’s advisor decide whether and when a student will act on the recommendation.
2. One or more academic English skills could benefit from some attention, but problems with English will probably not interfere with first year activities at MIT. Registering for a particular course is recommended for the future semester.
3. A student’s academic English skills are proficient and should not prevent him/her from engaging fully in studies and research. No course work is recommended.
What is the relationship between the EET and the Graduate Writing Exam?
There is currently no relationship between the two diagnostic exams. The English Language Program administers the EET on behalf of the Dean of Graduate Students; it is an Institute requirement. The Department of Writing & Humanistic Studies administers the Graduate Writing Exam, designed to test the technical and scientific writing skills of all admitted graduate students, at the request of specific departments.
When, as a result of taking both exams, an international student has recommendations for an English language class and a writing class, s/he should first act on the recommendation resulting from the EET.
Whom do I contact with administrative questions?
Whom should I contact with questions?