English Proficiency Requirements

Internet-Based Test (IBT): 79 and above
Paper-Based Test (PBT): 550 and above
Computer-Based Test (CBT): 213 and above

IELTS: Overall 6.5

Other tests and scores:
CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages): B2
SAT Verbal: 500 or Higher
ACT Verbal: 19 or Higher

Graduate applicants: A verbal score of 500 or above on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or a GMAT equivalent to 50th percentile.

Note: Applicants with lower scores will be considered for admission. All students will be tested for English Proficiency and may be required to take English classes concurrent with other classes.

TOEFL/IELTS Exemptions:

  • Students who have earned a diploma from an accredited United States high school or a Bachelor's degree from an accredited United States college or university
  • Students who have successfully completed English Composition I from an accredited US college or university
  • Students who are citizens of, and have attended an accredited secondary school or university in, the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (Except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, British Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom
  • Students who have successfully completed the NJCU English as a Second Language Program
  • Students who have passed an English Proficiency Examination administered by the NJCU ESL Department (see below)

Students who qualify for an exemption must submit a Test Waiver Form

If you are in the New York & New Jersey metro area, you may contact the International Office to schedule an ESL proficiency test. Call +1 201-200-2109 or email internationalstudents@njcu.edu