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International Student & Scholar Services

Questions?

  • Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
    202-885-3350
    Fax: 202-885-3354
    Butler Pavilion, Room 410

    Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ISSS advisors are available at the front desk for walk-in appointments.

    Bakar, Senem S
    Director, International Student & Scholar Services

Mailing Address

English Requirements

Regardless of citizenship, applicants whose first language is not English must generally take one of the following exams and achieve the indicated scores in order to demonstrate English proficiency.

English Proficiency Requirements for:

Undergraduate Applicants
Graduate Applicants
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT: Score 80 or higher (550 on the paper-based test)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Score 6.5 or higher
  • SAT: Reasoning (Verbal) - Score 530 or higher
  • Kansas AEC Test of English Proficiency - Band 2 or higher
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT: Score 100 or higher (600 on the paper-based test)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Score 7.0 or higher
  • Kansas AEC Test of English Proficiency - Band 2 or higher, or requirement as specified by your graduate department

Please note the following: TOEFL is not required of students attending international or bi-lingual secondary schools outside the U.S. for at least four years (grades 9,10, 11, and 12), where English is the medium of instruction. A telephone interview may be recommended instead.

SAT is not required for students educated outside the United States regardless of citizenship

Applicants who are graduating from a secondary school in the U.S. should submit an SAT or ACT score. ACT test takers are required to complete the optional writing section of the test. Please arrange for scores to be sent directly from the testing agency.

Undergraduate Transfer applicants who have completed two academic English writing courses from a U.S. college or university with a grade of "C" or better from regionally accredited, AG rated institutions or a "B" or better from provisionally accredited, AP rated institutions, are exempt from submitting scores from these examinations.

Graduate school applicants who have completed a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution in the United States may be exempt from the English-language proficiency test requirement. Please contact the AU school or college to which you are applying to find out their specific policies and requirements.

English tests:
For more information or registration forms for the following tests, please contact:

  • TOEFL Educational Testing Service
    P.O. Box 6151Princeton, NJ 08541-6151USAPhone: + 001-609-771-7100E-mail: toefl@ets.orgWeb: www.toefl.org
  • College Board SAT Program
    P.O. Box 6200Princeton, NJ 08541-6200 USAPhone: + 001-609-771-7600E-mail: sat@ets.orgWeb: www.collegeboard.com/testing/
  • IELTS Registration Office
    International House/San Francisco49 Powell StreetSan Francisco, CA 94102 USAPhone: + 001-415-989-4473E-mail: IELTS@ucles.org.ukWeb: www.ielts.org
  • ACT Test
    500 ACT DriveP.O. Box 168Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0168Phone: + 001-319-337-1270E-mail: (none; go to website)Web: http://www.act.org/
  • Kansas AEC Test of English Proficiency
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