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English Proficiency Test Requirements

UMass Amherst seeks to admit students who will contribute fully to campus life, inside and outside the classroom. Therefore, all non-native speakers of English must demonstrate English language proficiency. The following are ways in which you can satisfy the English language proficiency requirement:

  • TOEFL: A minimum composite TOEFL score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL with minimum of 17 on each subscore (code #3917)
  • IELTS: A minimum composite IELTS score of 6.5 on the academic test with minimum of 6.0 on each subscore
  • English education: Entire secondary education is at a school where English is the primary language of instruction
  • Unscripted interview: While not required for admission, all international students may choose to submit a third-party unscripted interview. If you choose to submit an interview, companies that provide this service include InitialView.

If you are providing proof of English language proficiency based on one of the test scores listed above, please note that the score reports must be less than two years old and come to Undergraduate Admissions directly from the testing service.

Please note: Waiver of the English proficiency testing requirement will be granted only after our verification that the applicant has satisfied one of the above waiver criteria, based on official documentation contained in the student's application materials. The official verification process will be conducted after the student's application has been submitted and reviewed.

ESL Placement Exam: Some applicants may also be required to take a University-administered English language proficiency examination to determine their eligibility for placement in the university’s English as a Second Language (ESL) course sequence.