There is no official passing score on the MELAB. However, different institutions and organizations that accept MELAB scores may require certain minimum scores for their purposes. For example:
- One undergraduate program at a state university requires a minimum final MELAB score of between 80 and 85, with no part score below 80 (the final MELAB score is an average of parts 1, 2, and 3)
- Another undergraduate program at a community college requires a minimum final MELAB score of 75
All universities and colleges do not have the same minimum score. Also, different programs at the same university may have different minimum scores. For example, one graduate program might require a MELAB final score of 85 or above, and another might require a MELAB final score of 79 or above. You can get information about MELAB score requirements directly from the institution or organization.
Results Processing Time
Normal results processing typically is as follows:
- After MELAB test papers are received at CaMLA, allow 4 to 6 weeks for grading and preparing score reports
- Another 5 to 10 days must be allowed for mail service
Total turnaround time, from the time you take the MELAB until the time you receive your results, will be 6 to 8 weeks.
Rush service is available for the reporting of scores only, not for test registration. Rush scores must be ordered at the time of the test; they are sent to institutions only, not to test takers. Rush Service costs an additional fee (view pricing). The rush fee must be paid at the time of the test; you may not request rush service after your answer sheets have been mailed to CaMLA.
Payment of the rush fee gives your test the following priority handling:
- Test takers requesting Rush service will be have their test scored immediately by CaMLA. Official score reports will be sent approximately 10 days after the test date.
- Unofficial score reports will be shipped by courier to the test center for distribution to the test taker approximately 10 days after the test date.
To receive rush service, you must:
- Give the fee to your examiner on the day of the test
- Make checks payable to CaMLA
- Include the complete address, including the street and building name of the university admissions office (required) (include the admissions office phone number, if known)
- If there is no institution address listed, the scores will be sent to the test taker’s address via regular mail
- Reports requiring rush service cost extra (view pricing)
Once scoring is complete, you will automatically receive one unofficial copy of your MELAB score report, issued by the test center where your MELAB was administered. Official MELAB score reports will be sent to up to two universities or institutions that you listed at the bottom of the Official Identification Form before taking the test. These two reports and your copy of the score report are included in the test fee.
Sending Your MELAB Scores to Universities or Institutions
CaMLA sends all official MELAB score reports directly to the universities/institutions. Your student copy of your score report is not considered official and valid. To ensure your scores reach the locations you wish for them to go:
- List the universities or institutions at the bottom of the identification form before the test (two score reports are free, but only if you list them on the form before the test)
- If you want more than two score reports sent, attach an additional list (PDF) to the identification form (view pricing)
- List the name and the complete address of the schools to which you want to have scores sent (if you do not know the admissions office’s complete address, contact the university you are applying to and get the information from them)
Without your written permission, your score reports cannot be released. You may indicate that you want your scores released only if your final score is at or above a certain number.
- Do not send the score report to the institution yourself
- Make sure that the school(s) you are applying to accept MELAB scores as evidence of English language proficiency
- Additional score reports ordered after the test cost extra (view pricing)
- If you have taken the test more than once, only the most recent score will be sent
- Speaking test scores cannot be carried over to subsequent test scores
- Scores over two years old cannot be sent
You may order extra score reports by fax or mail, but you must include a copy of your score report. If you have any problems with your scores being accepted, contact us and we will send the institution further information on the MELAB and help the admissions officers interpret the MELAB scores.
If you wish to have your exam rescored, please fill out a rescore request form (PDF) and return it to CaMLA by following the directions on the form.
- You have up to one month after your test results have been issued to request a rescore
- You will receive your rescore from CaMLA once we have processed the request
- View fees prior to completing your form