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English Language Proficiency

International and domestic applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency.

How Do I Prove My English Language Proficiency?

Proof of English language proficiency is measured by these exams:

To support applicants unable to take in-person tests during the COVID-19 pandemic, the testing options described below are available (depending on your region) for spring, summer, and fall 2021. However, it is at the discretion of your individual graduate program of interest to decide which of these tests are allowed.

For the TOEFL and IELTS options, please note that the score and test date requirements are the same as those listed for the in-person tests on this page, unless your graduate program of interest has additional English proficiency requirements. 

TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition 

TOEFL ITP Plus with Vericant for China 

IELTS  Indicator

Duolingo English Test (DET)

Overall Scores

  • 110-119 - Minimum Score range required for admission, additional assessment 
                    will be required during orientation

  • 120 or above - No additional assessment testing needed during orientation

Sub Score for Literacy section 

Test date requirement: 

Your exam date should be within two years of your graduate program start date.

TOEFL COVID-19 Updates

Please note that the exam date should be within two years of graduate program start date. 

Minimum Scores for Admission

  • Total Score: 79
  • Writing Subscore: 21
  • Reading Subscore: 19

Please note that these scores are the minimum University requirements. It is your responsibility to know your program's English proficiency requirements before you apply, as some programs may require higher scores.

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities does not consider MyBest Scores: Sum of Highest Section Scores of the TOEFL iBT Score Report to meet the minimum total score requirement for admission. Applicants should self-report their highest Total Score from the one test date in the Application for Admission. Applicants should also submit the official TOEFL iBT scores via ETS.

How Do I Submit My TOEFL Score? 

Official TOEFL scores must be sent electronically from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the University of Minnesota.

  • The ETS institution code for the Twin Cities and Rochester campuses is 6874.
  • The ETS institution code for the Duluth campus is 6873.

Please allow 4-6 weeks for scores to be sent and matched to your application. If you have already submitted an application, check your application status to find out if we have received your official TOEFL scores. 

IELTS COVID-19 Updates

Please note that the exam date should be within two years of graduate program start date. 

Minimum Scores for Admission

  • Total Score: 6.5
  • Writing Subscore: 6.5
  • Reading Subscore: 6.5

Please note that these scores are the minimum University requirements. It is your responsibility to know your program's English proficiency requirements before you apply, as some programs may require higher scores.

How Do I Submit My IELTS Score? 

Request official score reports from the appropriate testing center using the following mailing address:

Graduate School Admissions Office
University of Minnesota
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455

PTE Academic COVID-19 Updates

Please note that the exam date should be within two years of graduate program start date. 

Minimum Scores for Admission

  • Total Score: 59
  • Writing Subscrore: 59
  • Reading Subscore: 59

Please note that these scores are the minimum University requirements. It is your responsibility to know your program's English proficiency requirements before you apply, as some programs may require higher scores.

How Do I Submit My PTE Score?

Request official score reports from the appropriate testing center using the following mailing address:

Graduate School Admissions Office
University of Minnesota
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455

Cambridge C1 Advanced COVID-19 Updates

 
Please note that the exam date should be within two years of graduate program start date. 

Minimum Scores for Admission

  • Total Score: 180
  • Writing Subscore: 180
  • Reading Subscore: 180

Please note that these scores are the minimum University requirements. It is your responsibility to know your program's English proficiency requirements before you apply, as some programs may require higher scores.

How Do I Submit My Cambridge C1 Advanced Score?

Request official score reports from the appropriate testing center using the following mailing address:

Graduate School Admissions Office
University of Minnesota
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455

Test scores are not required for applicants that have completed post-secondary coursework in:  

  • United States
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • United Kingdom/Ireland
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Most current and former British and U.S. territories in the Caribbean/Central and South America

To qualify for exemption, the coursework: 

  • Consists of least 16 semester credits or 24 quarter credits,
  • Does not include ESL coursework, and
  • Was completed within the past 2 years.

Additional Testing for Teaching Assistants

Please note that if you are granted a Teaching Assistantship, and if you have not taken the TOEFL iBT, IELTS or the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test, you will be required to take the eSETTA test to determine TA eligibility.

Official scores will appear in your application AFTER you submit the application and pay the fee.