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 the Graduate Student Orientation approximately two weeks before fall semester begins. A smaller administration of the GSTEP is available at the beginning of spring semester. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the GSTEP will be administered online.

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.  There is no cost for this test.

Contact the Graduate School ( for information about the Graduate Student Orientation. Contact Dr. Sara Cushing,, for questions about the GSTEP.

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.