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English Proficiency Requirements at Emporia State University

All international students admitted to Emporia State University are required to demonstrate English proficiency prior to taking academic courses. ESU defines English proficiency as meeting the minimum required English language ability to be exempt from the ESU Intensive English Program Placement Test. There are several ways to demonstrate English proficiency:

1) Providing documentation of citizenship (passport) of the following countries:

Australia, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), the Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), and the United States.

2) Having completed a degree (Associate, Bachelor, or Master) in the United States or one of the other countries listed above.

3) Having completed fours years of Cambridge International Examination (CIE) curriculum and/or having completed two years of AS and/or A level CIE curriculum.

The chart below lists our English Placement Test exemption requirements. In order to be exempt you must meet the overall and sub-score requirements. If your score meets the exemption requirement, your I-20 will reflect admission into the academic program you applied to.

Undergraduate Students

Test

Exemption Requirement

Minimum Section Score

TOEFL iBT

72+

15

IELTS

6.0+

5.5

TOEFL pBT

530+

50

PTE

49+

40

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

500+

-

Duolingo English Test

45+ -

Graduate Students

Graduate students whose scores fall within the following ranges qualify for academic admissions and therefore will receive an I-20 for academic studies. 

Test

Total Score

Minimum Section Score

TOEFL iBT

79-89

20

PTE

49-52

51

In addition to academic courses, students must also enroll in Communication Skills for International Students (IE075). This course helps international graduate students improve their language skills in academic settings. The student will develop strategies for participating and making presentations in the US classroom and refine writing skills.

Graduate students that meet the exemption scores below will receive an I-20 for academic studies.

Test

Exemption Requirement

Minimum Section Score

TOEFL iBT

90+

20

IELTS

6.5+

6.5

TOEFL pBT

575+

55

PTE

53+

51

Duolingo English Test

60+

-



Students that do not demonstrate English proficiency scoring lower than on the above requirements will be tested for their ability in English during the International orientation program and subsequent diagnostic tests. Based on the results of these tests, students may be required to enroll in Intensive English courses or be eligible to enroll in academic courses. Students that do not submit English proficiency scores or score lower than the above requirements will receive an I-20 for the Intensive English Program. Graduate students who must complete the Intensive English Program (IEP) are also required to take IE075 concurrently with academic courses.

English proficiency scores can be submitted up until the first day of international orientation.

Visit www.toefl.org for more information about TOEFL.

Visit www.ielts.org for more information about IELTS.

 

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