English Proficiency Test Requirements

We accept official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Duolingo English test.

We have a strong preference toward applications with the following scores:

  • TOEFL: 80 (minimum score required: 65)
  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum score required: 6.0)
  • Duolingo: 125 (minimum score required: 100) *updated scores beginning Spring 2024

At its sole discretion, USF reserves the right to make exceptions to these proficiency requirements or waive submission of required official test results when considering a student for admission.

Waiver of Test Requirements

You don’t need to submit test results if you have any of the following:

  • Your SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score is 560 or higher
  • Your ACT English score is 22 or higher
  • Your predicted or final IBHL English A score is 5 or higher (English B is not eligible for a waiver)
  • You received a 6 or higher on your English GCSE exam
  • You received an A or B on your First Language English IGCSE exam
  • You received an A or B on an English O Level exam (e.g. Singapore-Cambridge, CAIE, etc.)
  • You received an A or B in an English Composition I or II course taken at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university

International Admission

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