GSTEP – Georgia State Test of English Proficiency

The GSTEP (Georgia State Test of English Proficiency) is a test for future or current post secondary students whose native language is not English. The purpose of the test, developed and administered by the Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language at Georgia State University, is to evaluate the English language proficiency of current or prospective GSU students.

Who should take the GSTEP?

The GSTEP is an English language proficiency exam given for two purposes:

The Admissions GSTEP is offered to students applying to colleges and universities in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Students applying to a school other than GSU should contact that school’s admissions office to find out if they accept GSTEP scores. As of June 2015, we can no longer accept checks or money orders.The paper-and-pencil test is given downtown at Georgia State. Registration is done online with a credit or debit card. 

The Orientation GSTEP is required for most new international graduate students at GSU. Students typically take this exam during International Student Orientation. GSTEP scores are used to place students in English as a Second Language courses. New international graduate students should contact their academic department to find out if they require Orientation GSTEP scores.Accepted graduate students whose departments require the test do not need to register online; simply arrive at the test site as part of Orientation.

When can I take the GSTEP?

Click here to see the testing calendar. The Admissions GSTEP is given several times each academic semester. Students can register to take the Admissions GSTEP once per semester. The Orientation GSTEP is given at the beginning of each semester.

NOTE: Test takers who have disabilities or special needs, please send an e-mail to GSU’s Office of Disability Services ( specifying your request for test accommodations. This must be done three weeks prior to the test.