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.
All applicants (including US
citizens) whose first language is not English can prove English proficiency by
one of the following:
·TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - TOEFL code 5007
·Internet based test (iBT) score of 80 or higher.* (Sub-scores for
each section of the TOEFL should be 20 or higher.)
·Paper-based test score of 550 or higher
·IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
·Composite score of 6.5 or higher. (Sub-scores for each section of
the IELTS should be 6.0 or higher.)
·Pearson Test of English (PTE)
·Score of 53 or higher
·SAT Critical Reading score of 530 or higher
·TOEFL/IELTS is not required of non-native English speakers who are
educated in US or IB secondary schools inside or outside the US, or in
countries** where English is the native language, for at least 4 consecutive
years (grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 or equivalent) where English is the only medium
of instruction and no ESL courses have been taken.
·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.
*To be considered competitive, a 90 iBT score or above is
recommended. Sub-scores for each section of the TOEFL should be 20 or higher.
**English speaking countries include: UK, Ireland, Scotland, Australia,
New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec).
The general English Proficiency requirements for graduate study at American University are given below.
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
Applicants who have completed a bachelor's or
master's degree from a US-accredited institution in the United States (or abroad) may be
exempt from the English-language proficiency test requirement.
Please see your individual school or college for more information on the English Proficiency Requirement. Please click on the relevant link below: