English Proficiency

English Proficiency


 


We know international students at the University of Utah have the greatest potential for success. Effective comprehension of the English language is vital for maximizing this potential. Thus all international applicants to the University of Utah must provide proof of English proficiency.

Citizenship
If you are a native English speaking citizen of the following countries, you may not need to submit proof of English proficiency. Citizens of a country not listed below will still need to prove English proficiency through one of our approved means, even if the medium of academic instruction is English.

  • Australia
  • Canada {except Quebec)
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)

*If you are from the above-mentioned countries and applying as a freshman, you will still need to submit an official ACT or SAT test score.
Continuing Students
If you are currently enrolled at the University of Utah and will be moving from one-degree level to another, or from one program to another, you will not need to prove English proficiency again. This is only the case as long as the change takes place without a break between studies of no more than two years.

You can use this chart as a reference to help you understand the ways you can most effectively provide proof of English proficiency based on the type of application you are submitting.

For more detailed descriptions about the ways that English proficiency can be demonstrated, and ways it cannot be demonstrated, please see the English Proficiency Explanation and Rules section in the chart below.

Please note: Associate, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree must be earned from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university and completed within two years of admittance.

Applicant Type
 Freshmen Transfer Second Bachelor Re-Admit Graduate
 Associate's Degree
 Bachelor's Degree
 Master's Degree
 Doctoral Degree
 iBT/TOEFL 80 or above
 IELTS 6.5 or above
 ACT English score of 18 or higher
 SAT Reading score of 27 or higher
 At least 2.5 year US H.S graduate with A's & B's in Non-ESL English Classes
 C in College Writing Course equivalent to WRTG 1010 or 2010

Test Guidelines and Minimum Score Requirements
Test dates must fall within two years of admittance in order to be valid. Our office cannot use expired test scores to evaluate the English proficiency requirement.

  • TOEFL: 80 or higher
  • IELTS: 6.5 or higher
  • ACT English score of 18 or higher
  • SAT Reading score of 27 or higher
How to Send Your Test Scores Officially
*Please have your scores sent electronically to the University of Utah Office of Admissions. You can do this by using the following codes:
  • TOEFL: 4853
  • IELTS: Please contact your testing center to have the score sent directly to the University of Utah.
  • SAT: 4853
  • ACT: 4274

*If the name on your test result is different from the name you put on your application, please email our office with the name information so we can match the correct score with your application. You can contact our office at iao@utah.edu.

In some instances, your academic background can be used to demonstrate your English proficiency. In these cases, the following means can be used in place of an English test score to fulfill your English proficiency requirement.

  • Those who attended at least 2 ½ years and graduated, or will graduate, from a U.S. regionally accredited High School. Students must have at least grades of "A" and "B" in non-ESL level English classes.
  • A grade of "C" or better in a college-level English Composition course at a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university. This course must be equivalent to WRTG 1010- Intro to Academic Writing or WRTG 2010- Intermediate Writing: Academic Writing & Research offered at the University of Utah.
  • An associate, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree from a regionally-accredited or ministry of education approved college or University within the past two years from any of the following countries:
    • United States
    • Australia
    • Canada (except Quebec)
    • Ireland
    • New Zealand
    • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)

*In order to qualify as a proof of English proficiency, all grades, courses, and degrees must have been received either within two years prior to admittance to the University of Utah or, you must have remained in the above-listed countries continuously since the time of receiving those scores, grades, or degrees.

This list is not comprehensive. There are many means through which English proficiency cannot be proved which are not included on this list. These are some ways which, unfortunately, our office is unable to accept as proof of English proficiency:

  • English as a means of instruction alone
  • Citizenship from an English speaking country other than the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom
  • High School English ESL courses
  • An English intensive course or program at an accredited U.S. college or university other than the University of Utah
  • International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement English test scores.