The MELAB was established by the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan. It is an English language proficiency test at an advanced level designed for non-native speakers who need English to study at a college or university level. The MELAB is considered one alternative to the TOEFL exam. The examination measures the candidate's ability in the four basic language skill areas: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test has a duration of 2.5 to 3.5 hours.
- Composition; 200-300 words (30 minutes)
- Listening; 50 questions (25 minutes)
- Grammar, comprehension, vocabulary, reading; 100 questions (75 minutes)
- Optional speaking test; a conversation between an oral examiner and an examinee. The examiner will consider your fluency and intelligibility, your grammar and vocabulary, and your comprehension (15 minutes)
There is no official "passing score" on the MELAB. However, different institutions and organizations, which accept MELAB scores, may require certain minimum scores for their purposes. A Final MELAB score of between 80 and 85 with no individual score below 80 is usually required.
Scores are valid for up to two years. Students will receive an unofficial copy of their results, whereas official reports will be sent to institutions of the student's choice.
Current information about examination dates, place and fees can be found on the following website: