GSTEP – Georgia State Test of English Proficiency

The Georgia State Test of English Proficiency (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 (ESL) courses. New international graduate students should contact their academic department to find out if they require GSTEP scores. Accepted graduate students whose departments require the test simply arrive at the test site as part of the International Student Orientation through ISSS (International Student and Scholar Services). There is no cost for this test.

Contact ISSS (International Student and Scholar Services) for questions about the International Student Orientation.

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