GSTEP – Orientation FAQ

For questions related to international student orientation, please contact International Student and Scholar Services.

The Orientation GSTEP is given each semester to incoming international graduate students. The test is giving during new international student orientation. Most academic departments require students to take the test. If you’re not sure if your department requires the GSTEP, please contact your academic department directly.
The test lasts approximately 3 hours. Oral interviews are scheduled separately and last approximately 20 minutes.
The Orientation GSTEP has:
• A reading/writing section including short answers and one essay (70 min.)
• A multiple choice listening section (30 min.)
• A multiple choice reading section (45 min.)
• An oral interview (15-20 min.)
Test takers are not permitted to use a dictionary or any support materials during the test.
You will receive scores a few days after taking the Orientation GSTEP. When you take the test, you will receive detailed instructions about when and where to pick up your scores. Once you receive your GSTEP scores, you may need to register for ESL courses. A copy of your results will also be sent to your academic department.
Your score report may indicate that you need to register for one or more ESL courses. These courses are taken concurrently with academic courses. For questions about the classes, please contact Ms. Sarah Kegley, ESL Director. You should also discuss any recommended classes with your academic advisor.
There is a make-up test scheduled each semester. The date for the makeup exam is listed on the testing calendar. If you’re not able to attend the test or the make-up test, please contact the Testing Coordinator directly.

Testing Coordinator: 404-413-5200