English Proficiency

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Generally, all applicants are required to demonstrate an acceptable level of English language proficiency in order to satisfy the university requirements for graduate admission, unless an applicable exemption or waiver applies.

Only applicants who are citizens of the United States, Canada, the U.K., the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia (or those applicants who have received their bachelor's degree or higher, from said countries, within the previous 24 months of the intended start date of their respective graduate program) are 'exempt' from this requirement.  All other applicants are either required to 1) obtain the required minimum English language proficiency scores for the E3PT, IELTS, or TOEFL tests; or  2) obtain an English language proficiency 'waiver' from their respective Graduate Program, in order to be eligible for graduate admission.  

Applicants should note that the university retains the right to require any applicant to provide evidence of their English language proficiency, regardless of whether an exemption or waiver applies.  In addition, U.S. Legal Permanent Residents (LPR's or Greencard Holders) are not exempt from the English language proficiency requirement, unless they qualify for an exemption or waiver.

Acceptable English Proficiency Tests

The E3PT, IELTS and TOEFL tests are designed to measure a candidate's ability to communicate in English in an academic or professional setting. The tests cover four language skills—listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

The English3 Proficiency Test (E3PT) measures general and academic English proficiency. The E3PT is offered online anywhere in the world and can be completed at any time. Test takers will need working webcam, microphone, and speakers, a reliable internet connection, and a quiet and well-lit room. Information regarding the E3PT is available here.

IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, and IDP: IELTS Australia. There are two types of reading and writing modules: Academic and General Training. Candidates applying for admission to a graduate program at BYU are required to take the Academic reading and writing modules of the test. Information regarding the IELTS is available at www.ielts.org.

The TOEFL test measures English language proficiency in reading, listening, writing, and speaking. The test is administered by Educational Testing Service. Information regarding the TOEFL is available at www.toefl.orgBYU does not accept the TOEFL ITP test as an English proficiency exam for graduate school.

Minimum Scores on English Proficiency Tests

  • E3PT
    • Overall minimum score of 79 (with minimum speaking, reading, and listening scores of 21, and a minimum writing score of 16).  
  • IELTS            
    • Overall minimum band score of 7.0 (consisting of minimum band scores of 6.0 in each module).
  • TOEFL (paper based test)         
    • 580
       
  • TOEFL iBT (internet based test)
    • Minimum subscores of 22 (Speaking) and 21 (Listening, Reading, & Writing respectively) comprising an overall score at least 85.

Some departments may require a higher English proficiency test score. Please refer to your department of interest for specific information. E3PT, IELTS, and TOEFL scores must be less than two years old at the time of enrollment.