English Proficiency

  • English Proficiency

International applicants are required to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in the English language to satisfy the university's requirements for admission to graduate study.

All applicants who have not received a bachelor's degree (or higher) from an educational institution in the United States or from one of the exempt countries (Canada, the U.K., the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia) are required to submit official IELTS or TOEFL scores in order to be considered for admission. Please note: The degree must not be older than 2 years at the time of enrollment to qualify for the exemption.

Although a U.S. degree may exempt an applicant from the English proficiency exam, graduate departments may still require an applicant to take and submit exam scores.

U.S. Permanent Residents (PR) are not waived from the English proficiency requirement unless they have met the criteria above.

Acceptable English Proficiency Tests

The IELTS and TOEFL tests are designed to measure a candidate's ability to communicate in English in an academic or professional setting. The tests cover four language skills—listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, and IDP: IELTS Australia. There are two types of reading and writing modules: Academic and General Training. Candidates applying for admission to a graduate program at BYU are required to take the Academic reading and writing modules of the test. Information regarding the IELTS is available at www.ielts.org.

The TOEFL test measures English language proficiency in reading, listening, writing, and speaking. The test is administered by Educational Testing Service. Information regarding the TOEFL is available at www.toefl.orgBYU does not accept the TOEFL ITP test as an English proficiency exam for graduate school.​

Minimum Scores on English Proficiency Tests

  • IELTS            
    • Overall minimum band score of 7.0 (consisting of minimum band scores of 6.0 in each module).
  • CAE
    • 75 (or grade of 'B')
  • TOEFL (paper based test)         
    • 580
  • TOEFL iBT (internet based test)
    • Minimum subscores of 22 (Speaking) and 21 (Listening, Reading, & Writing respectively) comprising an overall score at least 85.

Some departments may require a higher English proficiency test score. Please refer to your department of interest for specific information. Both IELTS and TOEFL scores must be less than two years old at the time of enrollment.