English Proficiency Requirements

All international students are required to submit proof of English Proficiency from either a test of English language or college entrance exam. If a student submits scores from multiple exams types, only the strongest scores will be used for admission. All international applicants must submit one standardized test score whether or not the student can demonstrate English proficiency. International applicants may choose which score to submit for the application.

Students from the following countries are exempt from submitting an exam of English Proficiency:

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

All international students must submit an official test score for admission and scholarship consideration. Students may select from any of the following testing options:

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

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

The University of La Verne accepts the following as proof of English proficiency for graduate students:

TOEFL 80 iBT or higher*
550 pBT or higher*
Duolingo English Test 105 or higher*
IELTS 6.5 overall band score or higher*
ELS Satisfactory completion of ELS 112

Transfer coursework

Completion of the equivalent of English 110 (English Composition) with a grade of C or better (Transfer students only)


Interviews are not required as part of the application process. However, international undergraduate applicants are encouraged to provide us with an InitialView interview if they are planning to participate in one as part of their university application plans. Should a student find the cost of an InitialView interview prohibitively expensive, please let us know; fee waivers are available in some cases. If you are going to participate in an IntialView interview, please do so by 1 February.

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