English Proficiency

English Proficiency

Proof of English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English in one of the following ways. Depending on their test scores, students may be required to take a combination of English as a Second Language (ESL) and non-ESL courses during their first semester. See ESL at UW-Superior for additional information.

TOEFL Internet-Based Test 61
IELTS 5.5

Additional Ways to Meet the English Proficiency Requirement

Exam Name Minimum Score
MELAB 69
TOEFL Paper-based Test 500
IELTS 5.5
SAT Critical Reading Subscore 450
ACT English Subscore 18
Pearson Test of English Academic 47
STEP Eiken (Japan only) Pre-1st Grade
iTEP Academic
Cambridge English: First (FCE)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
4.0
B2
C

Conditional Admission

Students who do not meet the English proficiency requirement are welcome to apply for conditional admission through our on-campus English language program, ESLi.

Language Programs

English as a Second Language International (ESLI) - Successful completion of Advanced Level at an ESLI center with recommendation of the ESLI director

Global Language Institute - (GLI) - Score 500 on the GLI TOEFL and 3 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

Wisconsin English as a Second Language Institute - (WESLI) - Earn the WESLI Recommendation, score at least 76 on the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency and earn a rating of good or excellent on the 700-level academic reading and writing courses

ELS Language Centers - Successful completion of Level 110 at an ELS language center. The nearest center is in St. Paul, Minnesota (2.5 hours by car)

Harvest Institute Palisades Park - Successful completion of Level 700 at the Harvest Institute Palisades Park

FLS International - Successful completion of FLS International Level 16

Madison English as a Second Language School (MESLS) - Successful completion of MESLS Advanced Level

Kaplan International Colleges - Successful completion of the Advanced Level, Certificate of Achievement

Alternative Qualifications

A grade of C or higher for an English composition course passed at an accredited US college or university. The course must count as transfer credit at UW-Superior.

International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 Higher Level passed with minimum grade 4.

A grade of C or higher on two GCE Advanced Level subjects or a grade of C or higher on GCSE English Language.

Graduation from a high school or post-secondary institution in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, or the United States for students who have studied in an all-English curriculum for at least four years. It may also be waived for students who have studied for at least four years in an all-English curriculum in any other country, but the university reserves the right to request English proficiency test results from any applicant.

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.