English Language Proficiency

To study at Miami University, you must be able to understand lectures in English from the first day of classes. Because of this expectation, if your native language is not English, you are required to submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, or provide alternative evidence of English language proficiency. Students may meet this requirement by completing Miami's American Culture and English Program for one semester.

To be considered for direct admission into an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree program at Miami University, international students whose native language is not English should have earned the following minimum scores:

   Overall band
PTE Academic
   Overall score          





To register for the TOEFL online, visit www.toefl.org. Please note that you must take the international TOEFL. Institutional TOEFL scores are not acceptable. To register for the IELTS online, visit www.ielts.org. To register for the PTE Academic online, visit www.pearsonpte.com

Students who provide an English proficiency score that is below the requirement (TOEFL 65-79 iBT, IELTS 5.5-6.0, or PTE Academic 45-52) may be considered for Conditional Admission. Typically, students receiving an offer of Conditional Admission have a strong academic record, with a test score falling below our minimum score requirement. Students receiving an offer of Conditional Admission will receive an official offer to participate in the American Culture and English Program and a Miami University I-20 document for obtaining a bachelor's degree. 

Students who complete ELS Language Center’s Level 112 may also be considered for conditional admission to the university and if conditional admission is offered, will also receive an offer to participate in Miami’s American Culture and English program.

Alternatives to TOEFL or IELTS

While a valid TOEFL or IELTS score can satisfy Miami's English language proficiency requirement, this requirement can also be met through the following alternatives:

Your country of origin is also an English-speaking country and English is your native language.

TOEFL scores are not required of applicants from the following countries:

British Guyana
Canada (Except Quebec)
Cayman Islands
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Jamaica/other West Indies
New Zealand
South Africa
St. Helena
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caico Isle
United Kingdom
Virgin Islands

You have earned at least one of the following:

  • An associate's or bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university in the U.S. 
  • Course equivalency of Miami's first-year (freshman) sequence, English 111 and 112, at another U.S. university or community college (not English as a Second Language courses). You must provide an official transcript showing a minimum grade of C or better on BOTH subjects.
  • Graduation from a U.S. high school following three years of continuous enrollment. (Remember to send your official SAT/ACT scores.)

You have earned a minimum score from one of the following tests:

Test/Program Minimum score
SAT Critical Reading (send official test score) 500
ACT English (send official test score) 21
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 80
*General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
*International General Certificate of Secondary
  Education (IGCSE) Examinations
C in English language (not English as a Second Language)
*Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) B or 4 (8 scale) in English Language
*Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level examinations B in English language
*Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination, or Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education B or 4 (5 scale) in English language
*West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Senior School Certificate B or 4 in English language
*Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) B- in English language
* Arrange to send the official examination result directly from the examination council to Miami University in a sealed envelope. Or, the official document may be attested and verified by the high school principal, headmaster, or an administrator at the U.S. Education Centers in your country (www.educationusa.state.gov). Unattested photocopies or documents that have been faxed or scanned are not acceptable.