English Proficiency

Applicants seeking regular admission whose native language is not English must submit minimum satisfactory scores on one of the following standardized tests. No other measures of English proficiency are accepted by the University of Arkansas for the purpose of gaining admission.

English Proficiency Tests

The test must have been taken within two years immediately preceding the requested semester of admission and be valid at the time of enrollment.
Test Score Information concerning location, dates
TOEFL Internet-Based


TOEFL website

TOEFL Paper-Based




IELTS website

PTE-A Pearson Test of English-Academic


Pearson Test of English Academic

iTEP Academic


iTEP website

C1 Advanced CAE


Cambridge Assessment website

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Subscore


SAT website

ACT English Subscore


ACT website

Completion of English Composition I and II with grades of A, B, or C from a regionally accredited U.S. university or country where English is the native language.

Students presenting these forms of English proficiency will be required to take the University of Arkansas English Language Placement Test upon arrival to campus. The results of this exam will determine appropriate class placement and will have no influence on your admission status.

Applicants whose native language is English are exempt. Native language is defined as the language you grew up speaking in your family, community, and nation. Completing English Composition I and II in a country that lists English as an official language such as India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Nigeria, or Singapore does not exempt you from the English language proficiency requirement.

Applicants who meet all requirements for admission except the required English proficiency will be offered conditional admission to the University. Conditionally admitted students will first attend Spring International Language Center (SILC) for intensive English language training prior to beginning academic studies. Intensive English classes at SILC focus on all language skills: grammar, reading, writing, and listening/speaking, in addition to special electives from which students can choose each term, such as TOEFL Preparation, Conversation, Vocabulary Building, Business English, and so on. Five nine-week terms are offered throughout the year to enable students to quickly complete their English study. For further information, you may contact Spring International Language Center, silc@uark.edu.


If a conditionally admitted undergraduate student has spent at least one 9-week term enrolled in Spring International Language Center, has reached level 5 or 6 with a B average and has the recommendation of the Director of Spring International, that student can proceed to full-time University of Arkansas academic enrollment in the next available term.


Conditionally admitted students are not eligible for University of Arkansas institutional academic scholarships.

Upon admission, for enrollment into English composition courses, undergraduate students who are non-native speakers of English must submit an acceptable writing score on one of the following:

  • TOEFL iBT Writing: 28
  • International English Language Testing System – IELTS (writing): 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academic – PTE-A (writing): 77
  • iTEP Academic iTEP (writing): 4.0
  • C1 Advanced Cambridge – C1 Advanced (writing): 176
  • UofA English Language Placement Test –ELPT (writing): 81

Students who meet the minimum writing score above will not be required to take additional language instruction. Students with lower scores will be required to successfully complete one or more writing support courses. If students take more than one test, the highest score will determine the requirement. Students may not present scores earned more than two years previous to the time of application to the University.

English Language Writing Score Requirements for Undergraduates

TOEFL iBT Writing IELTS Writing PTE Academic iTEP C1 Advanced ELPT Writing ELAC Requirements
28-30 6.5 77-84 4.0 176 81 No Requirements
26-27 6.0 71-74 3.7 169 75-80 ELAC 2043 Seminar in United States Culture, Communication and Institutions
20-25 5.0-5.5 53-68 3.0 154 65-74 ELAC 1023 Academic Writing Across Disciplines & 0011 Writing Workshop: Grammar through Editing
0-19 0-4.5 0-51 0-2.9 0-150 0-64 IEP Evaluation

This requirement will be waived for students who have completed:

  • Grades 10 thru 12, graduated from a U.S. high school and have obtained an ACT English section score of 19 or SAT I verbal score of 500 OR
  • English Composition I and II with grades of C or above at a U.S. college or university or from a country where English is the native language.

There is a $15.00 charge for the ELPT which is given during New International Student Orientation.