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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.

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

Antigua & Barbuda
Canada (except Quebec)
Marshall Islands
New Zealand
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Solomon Islands
Trinidad & Tobago
United Kingdom

Applicants that have previously attended two years of high school, college or university in the United States with satisfactory English grades may be waived from this requirement. Applicants exempt from submitting English proficiency are expected to submit official SAT or ACT scores in lieu of English proficiency. Alternatively, applicants may elect to submit a test of English proficiency in lieu of the SAT or ACT.

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

TOEFL 80 iBT or higher*
550 pBT or higher*
IELTS 6.5 overall band score or higher*
SAT 460 or higher on the evidence-based reading and writing section of the SAT
ACT 18 or higher on the English section of the ACT
ELS Satisfactory completion of ELS 112
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Advanced score of 176 or higher*
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) Score of 53 or higher*

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*
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)

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.


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.

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