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English Language Proficiency Requirements

You need an adequate command of English to successfully participate in UWPCE programs.

If you are a non-native English speaker, you must meet one of the English language proficiency requirements below to enroll in a UWPCE program.

To demonstrate English language proficiency, you’ll be asked to submit transcripts or test scores with your course or certificate program application. Unofficial copies are acceptable. If your test scores are more than two years old, we may ask for additional evidence of language proficiency.

Qualifying Programs or Tests

You must either:

  1. Have completed the University Track of the UW Intensive English Program

OR

2. Be a graduate of a U.S. university, a university outside the United States where all instruction was in English, or a U.S. community college (for undergraduate programs only)

OR

3. Have one of the standardized test scores below, depending on the language demands of the program you’re interested in. Most UWPCE programs require basic English skills; a few demand advanced English. The required level of English proficiency is listed in the application instructions.

 

for Programs Requiring Basic English Skills

Test Name Minimum Score Minimum Subscore
TOEFL iBT 92 20
IELTS* 7.0 5.5
SAT Critical Reading and SAT Writing** 490  n/a
ACT English/Writing and ACT Reading** 22  n/a

*Use of IELTS is being phased out. IELTS scores with a test date after November 1, 2016, will not be accepted.

**SAT and ACT scores are accepted for undergraduate-level programs only.

 

for Programs Requiring Advanced English Skills

Test Name Minimum Score Minimum Subscore
TOEFL iBT 100 23
IELTS* 7.0 6.0
SAT Critical Reading and SAT Writing** 510  n/a
ACT English/Writing and ACT Reading** 23  n/a

*Use of IELTS is being phased out. IELTS scores with a test date after November 1, 2016, will not be accepted.

**SAT and ACT scores are accepted for undergraduate-level programs only.