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Understanding admissions tests

Graduate Admissions Tests

You may have to take one or more admissions tests, depending on the program to which you are applying. Because testing requirements vary by program, check our program-specific requirements to confirm all testing requirements.

Information About Various Graduate Admissions Tests

As part of your application, most of our educator preparation programs require the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Most require passing scores on the Communication and Literacy exam, both the reading and writing subtest. Some programs require a passing score on the related subject area test as well.

Please refer to our program specific application requirements for specific MTEL testing requirements.

When you take the MTEL, you can indicate Salem State as a recipient school so we can receive the scores electronically.

Salem State can only accept official scores directly from the evaluation system. Score report can be requested using the reprint request form (allow 2 to 4 weeks for processing). Sealed scores can then be delivered to the Graduate Admissions office or mailed directly to our document processing center:

Salem State University, Graduate Admissions Processing Center

P.O. Box 875, Randolph, MA 02368-0875


Submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores if English is not your first language and you have not earned an academic degree where the language of instruction was English.

If you have earned an academic degree at an institution within the United States or at an institution where the language of instruction was English, then your application can be reviewed without TOEFL/IELTS scores.

Salem State’s Center for International Education offers the TOEFL on campus. Visit the Center for International Education or contact 978.542.6351 or for more information about taking the TOEFL on campus.

  • Generally you are exempt from submitting the GRE or MAT if you already hold a master's degree or higher. Some programs do require your degree to be in a related field, so check your program’s specific application requirements.
  • Graduate Program coordinators and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies may waive the required entrance exams if the applicant has proven academic ability in the academic program by receiving a 3.5 GPA in two or more classes within the area of study, taken at Salem State University, prior to seeking admissions into the graduate program. This does not supersede pre-existing policies.
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