English Proficiency

English Proficiency

Proof of adequate English proficiency is required from all non-native English speaking applicants. Applicants who are uncertain whether they are required to submit proof of English proficiency are encouraged to contact the Office of International Programs.

Students who do not meet the English proficiency requirement may apply for CONDITIONAL ADMISSION.

English Language Proficiency Tests Accepted by UW-Superior

NOTE: Only test scores sent directly from the testing body are accepted. Applicants are encouraged to request their results be sent to UW-Superior at the time of testing if possible. Applicants will not be penalized for an unacceptable result if an acceptable result is received at a later date.

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Internet-based Test (iBT): 61

Paper-based Test (PBT): 500

For information about TOEFL, visit their website, www.toefl.org/ or call (609) 771-7100. The University of Wisconsin-Superior INSTITUTIONAL CODE is 1920.

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)


For information about IELTS, visit their web site, www.ielts.org/.

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)


For information about PTE, visit their web site, www.pearsonpte.com 

  • STEP-EIKEN (Available in Japan only)

        Pre 1st Grade

For information about STEP-EIKEN, visit their web site, http://stepeiken.org/.


 WESLI Recommendation

Applicants who study at the Wisconsin English as a Second Language Institute (www.wesli.com/) can satisfy the English proficiency requirement by 1) receiving the WESLI Recommendation, 2) scoring at least 76 on the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency and 3) earning a rating of good or excellent on the 700-level academic reading and writing courses.

Other Acceptable Tests/Qualifications/Courses

  • English composition course passed at an accredited English-medium university located in a country where English is the dominant language. The course must count as transfer credit at UW-Superior and be C or higher.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 Higher Level passed with minimum grade 4.
  • Completion of Level 112 at an ELS language center. The nearest center is 2.5 hours away in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • A grade of C or higher on two GCE Advanced Level subjects or a grade of C or higher on GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) English.
  • Graduation from a high school or post-secondary school in the following countries:

Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Guyana, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Fiji, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica/other West Indies, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, St. Helena, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands

For questions about the English language proficiency requirement or to apply for an exemption to the English proficiency requirement, please contact the Office of International Programs