GSTEP – Admissions FAQ

The test lasts approximately 2 ½ hours. You should arrive at least 15 minutes before the test begins.
An information guide can be found here. The Admissions GSTEP has
• an integrated reading / writing section (8 short-answer questions and 1 essay; 70 minutes)
• a multiple choice listening comprehension section (35 questions; 30 minutes)
• a section with 30 multiple choice questions on reading comprehension (30 questions; 45 minutes)
Test takers are not permitted to use a dictionary or any support materials during the test.
Scores are sent out two weeks after the test date. You will receive an unofficial score report at the home address you provided on the registration form.
The GSTEP office will send your scores to as many as three schools at no cost. On the application, write the names of up to three schools that you are applying to.
You can also request that scores be sent to other schools. There is a cost of $5.00 for each additional request. Scores are valid for two years after the test date. We cannot send out test scores if you took the GSTEP over two years ago.
There is an information book that describes the test and gives sample questions.You will receive a copy of this booklet when you register for the test.
No, you cannot register for a friend. All examinees must either register online:

(1) From their own computer by following this link, or

(2) In person in the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL.

Cash, checks, and money orders are not accepted. You should register online with a credit or debit card. If you have questions about the process, please contact

For undergraduate applicants: The GSTEP is not required for IEP students applying to GSU as undergraduates. These students can show language proficiency by
• passing level 5 of the Intensive English Program (IEP) with a 'C' or better
• taking the GSTEP.
For graduate applicants: IEP students who are applying to graduate programs at GSU should ask their graduate departments whether the GSTEP or TOEFL is preferred.

If you have other questions, please contact the Testing Coordinator, Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL, Georgia State University.

Testing Coordinator: 404-413-5200