English proficiency for international graduate applicants

English proficiency exam update

For students affected by center closures

For international students affected by testing centers closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Arizona State University has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English test in addition to the in-person TOEFL, IELTS and PTE English proficiency exams. Duolingo English tests will be accepted for students seeking program admission for the 2020 and 2021 semesters (spring, summer and fall).

The exam cost $49 (USD) and may be taken from any computer that has a camera, audio and reliable internet. The exam portion of the Duolingo English test contains a series of speaking, reading, writing and listening exercises. Following the exam, there will be an interview portion that will ask you to respond to various prompts in 30 to 90 seconds. The exam will take about 45 minutes to complete and you will need either a passport, driver license, or national or state ID to show the camera. The score results are generally received within a few days of exam completion.

Should you choose to take the Duolingo English test, the access information is below.

Information on preparing for the exam   | Take the exam or practice exam

A verification email will be sent to you a few days after completing the exam containing a link to send your score to ASU.

For additional information, please review the frequently asked questions.

You must meet one of the following English language proficiency requirements.

Pass the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE* or Duolingo English test

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Score of at least 550 (pBT) or 80 (iBT). ASU’s institutional code is 4007. ASU accepts only electronic copies of the TOEFL score report.
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Note: For TOEFL pBT taken prior to Oct. 14, 2017, the minimum score is 550. For TOEFL paper delivered test taken on or after Oct. 14, 2017, the minimum score is 66.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Overall band score of the academic test of at least 6.5. The general training exam is not accepted. No institutional code is needed.
Learn more about IELTS  

Pearson Test of English (PTE)
Score of at least 60.
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Duolingo English test (accepted for students seeking degree admission for 2020 and 2021 semesters)
Graduate minimum score of 105.
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An IELTS, PTE or TOEFL must have been taken no longer than two years prior to the student’s start date at ASU. Applicants who have scores that are more than two years old (or will be more than two years old by the time of ASU’s start date),may be requested to submit updated test scores or demonstrate English proficiency through one of the other listed options.

Complete Global Launch courses*


International Graduate Preparation Program (IGPP) at ASU
Completion of a one-semester, in-person course with a passing score. Only available for W. P. Carey School of Business, Thunderbird School of Global Management and Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering applicants at this time.
Learn more about IGPP

Online English course
Completion of English for Graduate Admission online course with a passing score.
Learn more about the online English course

Intensive English Program (IEP) at ASU
Completion of advanced 2 level with a passing score.
Learn more about IEP

*Individual academic units may have higher requirements for English proficiency. Review your degree program of interest for details. Visit ASU's degree search to find your program.

Other ways to demonstrate English proficiency

  • Applicants who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
  • Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Applicants who have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree or higher from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country, and the country is on the ASU English Speaking Country and Territory List.
  • Applicants who have completed at least nine semester hours of graduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or higher at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S or from an international institution that is officially recognized in that country and is on the ASU English Speaking Country and Territory List.
  • Applicants who have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree or higher from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country, and the sole medium of instruction for the program was in English. Student should email gograd@asu.edu to request exemption and include a letter from the institution on letterhead indicating language of instruction or provide information on the institution website to verify language of instruction.
  • Applicants who have completed at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or higher at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Four years of high school in the U.S. with four years of English.