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English proficiency for international undergraduate applicants

An applicant who is not a U.S. Citizen or is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or a citizen of a country listed on the "English Speaking Country" list must demonstrate English proficiency.

English language proficiency requirements

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

Pass the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE*

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Score of at least 61 (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 500. For TOEFL paper delivered test taken on or after Oct. 14, 2017, the minimum score is 57.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Overall band score of the academic test of at least 6.0. The general training exam is not accepted. No institutional code is needed.
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Pearson Test of English (PTE)
Score of at least 53.
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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*


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

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

*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

  • U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
  • Citizen of an English-speaking country or territory.
  • Junior and senior year of high school completed in the U.S. AND ACT English score of 23 or higher or SAT EBRW score of 580 or higher, AND two years English.
  • Four years of high school in the U.S. with four years of English.
  • 48 transferrable credits from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university with a GPA of 2.50 or higher, of which six credits are in first-year English (comparable to ASU ENG 107 and 108).

Note: English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are not accepted as proof of English proficiency.