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English Proficiency

Prospective international students who are not citizens or permanent residents of an exempt country must demonstrate proficiency in English.

Prospective students may demonstrate proficiency by any one of the following methods:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 PBT/79 IBT.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 53.
  • Michigan English Test (MET) score of 52.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) grade of 5 in English at the Higher Level.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) score of 4 on the English Language or English Literature Exams.
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) or General Certificate of Education (GSE) score of A or B on the English Language Exam.
  • SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing (EBRW) score of 520 or ACT English score of 21.
  • ELS Language Center Program: Completion of Level 112 for regular admission.
  • ELI (CMU English Language Program): Successful completion of the required CMU ELI courses with confirmation by the ELI Office.
  • Graduate of a U.S. high school with at least three years of attendance.
  • Completion of courses that meet CMU’s requirements for Oral English (i.e. COM 101) and Writing Competency (i.e. ENG 101/103 and ENG 201).
  • Successful completion of a course of study (e.g. high school diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate degree) at a recognized institution where the language of instruction is English.
  • Successful completion of 24+ graded, academic, postsecondary credits with a GPA of 2.50 at a recognized institution where the institution’s language of instruction is English.

Test scores are valid for two (2) years from the test date. When tests provide “best scores” in specific areas, CMU will use the composite score generated by using the highest from each section.
Students who believe that they can demonstrate proficiency by means other than those listed should contact the International Outreach and Recruitment Office for individual consideration.