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 & English as a Second Language at Georgia State University, is to evaluate the English language proficiency of current or prospective GSU students.

Please note that, effective immediately, the GSTEP is no longer accepted as evidence of English language proficiency for admission to schools within the University System of Georgia. The Admissions GSTEP is therefore suspended until further notice.

The 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.

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.