English Language Exams

If your native language is not English and your secondary or higher education was completed in a non-native English speaking country, you must take a test of English language proficiency. In some instances, admission to the University will be contingent upon participation in the University's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program.

Exam Scores

Minimum Exam Scores
ExamTypical 'passing' scoreTypical 'strong' score
IELTS 7.07.5+
TOEFL (paper-based test)600
TOEFL (internet-based test)100Individual MinimumsWriting = 25Speaking = 24Reading = 26Listening = 25107+
PTE Academic6673+

Applicants to the University can choose one of three language proficiency examinations to submit to the Office of Admissions: the TOEFL, the IELTS or the PTE Academic. The table shows how exam results correlate to results at Rochester.

Admission to the University of Rochester is based on a holistic review process. Applicants whose test scores fall outside of the ranges displayed above are still encouraged to apply.

If your scores are slightly lower than the minimums listed above, and your application is strong in other ways, you may earn access to Rochester through the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program.

Some applicants who meet minimum score requirements, but also require additional English language support, may be recommended for EAP. Applicants to Rochester cannot apply to the EAP program. If you are granted access to Rochester through the EAP program, you will take undergraduate classes alongside English language courses.

To have ETS send your TOEFL results to the University of Rochester, use school code 2928.

Requests to Waive English Proficiency Exams:

If you meet one or more of the following criteria, you may request a waiver of the English proficiency examination requirement (IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE-Academic) by contacting Admissions at admit@admissions.rochester.edu.

  • are a native speaker of English in your home environment;
  • completed three or more years of secondary education at an American or International School where English is the primary language of instruction;
  • or are a transfer applicant who has completed a year or more of college level courses taught in the United States, including at least one writing-intensive course.
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