English Proficiency Requirements

We want to ensure that our international applicants will be successful here at the University of La Verne, which is why we ask for proof of English proficiency as part of the application.

English Proficiency for Undergraduate Applicants

International applicants are required to submit proof of English proficiency from either a test of English language or a college entrance exam. If you submit scores from multiple exams, only the strongest scores will be considered for admission.

If you are an undergraduate applicant from one of the following countries, you are exempt from submitting an exam to show English proficiency:

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Canada (except Qubec)
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritiana
  • New Zealand
  • Kiss & Nevis
  • Lucia
  • Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Solomon Islands
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • United Kingdom

Applicants from these countries may, however choose to submit an SAT or ACT score for scholarship consideration.

The following exams may be submitted to show your mastery of the English language:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 80 iBT or higher*
550 pBT or higher*
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.5 overall band score or higher*
SAT 460 or higher on the evidence-based reading and writing section
ACT 19 or higher on the English section
ELS Satisfactory completion of ELS 112
Duolingo English Test (DET) 105 or higher*
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) 176 or higher*
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) 53 or higher*
InitialView Interview For Korean undergraduate applicants applying with the CSAT

*While applicants need to have the minimum combined score indicated, the University of La Verne will also evaluate your individual sub-scores/bandwidth scores. Thus, meeting the minimum overall score does not guarantee admission.

English Proficiency for Undergraduate Transfer Applicants

In addition to the tests listed in the undergraduate section above, transfer applicants may show your English proficiency by submitting a college transcript that shows you have completed the equivalent of English 110 (English Composition) with a grade of C or better.

Interviews

The University of La Verne does not require interviews as part of the application process. However, if you plan to participate in an InitialView interview as part of your college search, we encourage you to submit it as part of your application by 1 February.

English Proficiency for Graduate Applicants

International applicants are required to submit proof of English Proficiency by submitting a test of English language. If you submit scores from multiple exams, only the strongest scores will be considered for admission.

If you are a graduate applicant from one of the following countries, you are exempt from submitting an exam to show English proficiency:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom

The following exams may be submitted to show your mastery of the English language:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 80 iBT or higher*
550 pBT or higher*
Duolingo English Test (DET) 105 or higher*
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.5 overall band score or higher*
ELS Satisfactory completion of ELS 112

*These scores are general guidelines. They may differ depending on the specific program to which you apply.