• Entrance Exam Scores for Undergraduate Students

    ACT: 19 or above
    SAT: 900 or above in critical reading and math sections

    Please note:  If it is deemed that an International Student is unable to take one of the above tests in his/her home country, the student will be required to take a placement test at UWA upon arrival to campus, provided that all other entrance requirements have been met.

  • English Proficiency Evaluation

    TOEFL: (UWA code 1737)
    Internet-Based Test: 90 or higher

    IELTS: (UWA code 001024)
    Overall Score: 6.5 or higher
    Minimum on each section: 6.0

    Other English Language Placement Test Link
    TOEIC: 770
    Cambridge English:  180
    International applicants may be exempt from the English Proficiency Evaluation requirement if:


    Submission of an Internationally Recognized
    English Language Ability Test

    (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, or Cambridge CAE).

    At the discretion of the Office of International Programs, international applicants may be exempt from submitting an internationally recognized English language ability test in the following cases:

    1. If the student has received a secondary (high) school diploma or associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Grenada, Guyana, India, Republic of Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, St. Kitts, The Bahamas, the United States, and Wales 
    2. If the student enters UWA with verified proficiency from an English language institution that has an articulation agreement with UWA
    3. If the student has received a diploma or certificate of completion from a Council of International Schools listed high school in which it is determined that English was the primary language of instruction; however, we may require that you sit for UWA’s ESL Placement Test or enroll in ESL 101.
    4. If the student earns a score of 430 or higher on the verbal section of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (Undergraduate only). 
    5. The student has completed college level Written English I and II at a US institution with a grade of “C” or better (Undergraduate only).
    6. If an undergraduate student transfers from a partner university and the results of the UWA ESL placement test show that the student can handle the complexity of junior and senior-level courses in English while taking, simultaneously, ESL courses (Undergraduate only).

    For specific questions, please contact the Office of International Programs.




    Standard Procedure Regarding English Proficiency Requirements

    Typically, all international applicants who are not native speakers of English must submit an internationally recognized English ability test. Accepted tests are TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC (only available under prearranged agreements), and Cambridge English Scale Score. The applicants’ scores will be processed according to the following chart:


     ESL Threshold

  • Proficiency Evaluation Appeal Process

    The following appeal process is set forth to allow departments/units to request admission consideration for international students who have met all admission requirements except for the minimum score in TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, or Cambridge CAE. Through the appeal process, an international student admit may be elevated to full admission with ESL 101 required. There is no appeal process to achieve full admission without the ESL course.

    1. A department or unit may request a formal review of an English Language admission status for undergraduate student scores of 58 – 60 on the TOEFL-iBT, 5.0 overall with no score less than a 4.5 on any section of the test module on IELTS, 690-699 on the TOIEC, and a Cambridge English Scale score of 150-154 by submitting a written request to the Office of International Programs. 
    2. The department/unit requesting the appeal must submit a formal letter of appeal to the International Programs Director [ip@uwa.edu] clearly defining the reason(s) for requesting the appeal and a plan of academic support demonstrating the commitment of the department to the academic success of the student. Supporting documentation of English Proficiency must also be submitted with the appeals letter. Without this appeals letter, plan, and supporting documentation, an appeal will not be considered. 
    3. The complete appeal (letter, plan, and supporting documentation) must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the first day of first term of planned enrollment.
    4. The UWA English Language Proficiency Review Committee will review the appeal. If the committee rejects the appeal, the department/unit will be notified and the admission process will effectively end for the student. If the appeal is pre-approved, the review committee will require the international student to complete the UWA ESL Placement Test in support of the appeal. The student will be contacted and arrangements will be made for the student to take the UWA English Placement test. This test will be administered in compliance with the testing protocol and an average of 75% on each section or higher is required for the committee to grant a successful appeal. 

    If the appeal is successful, the admission status of the student will be changed to full admission with the appropriate ESL course required in the first term of enrollment.