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English Proficiency

International undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English will be evaluated for English language proficiency during the application review process. 

The most common and preferred way for applicants to provide evidence of their English proficiency is through an English proficiency exam.  Select the options below to review the minimum scores and guidelines:

In general, applicants have a 110 or better.

Purdue requires the submission of DET subscores along with the overall result. Please request to have your results submitted to: Purdue University Undergraduate Admissions.

In general, applicants have an overall score of 6.5 or higher with at least a 6.0 in each section.

Request to have official scores sent to "Purdue University - Office of International Students and Scholars" or alternatively, you may report your results in the online application portal by submitting the ‘Updates to Self-reported Test Scores’ form located within the Profile and Application Updates tab.

Purdue accepts the IELTS Academic Test and the IELTS Indicator version of the exam.  Purdue does not accept the IELTS General Training Test. 

In general, overall totals need to be 80 or 88 depending on the college while subscores are generally 20 or higher per section. 

80 iBT or higher 88 iBT or higher
College of Agriculture College of Engineering
College of Education College of Science
College of Health & Human Sciences Daniels School of Business
College of Liberal Arts
College of Pharmacy
Purdue Polytechnic Institute
Exploratory Studies

Purdue accepts the TOEFL iBT Home Edition. Purdue does not accept the TOEFL Essentials Test. Purdue does not accept MyBest Score (superscore) results. Purdue does not accept the TOEFL ITP Plus for China Solution.

The Purdue University code to submit official scores from ETS is: 1631 

In general applicants must have a 26 or higher on the English section.

The Purdue University code to submit official ACT scores is 1230

Generally, applicants must have a 600 or better on the Evidence Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) section. 

The Purdue University code to submit official SAT scores from College Board is 1631

Applicants that have been academically successful in a complete English-speaking curriculum, which demonstrates that they have a strong command of the English language, may be considered. In general, we expect the following:

  • Enrolled in an English taught curriculum for at least three full years.
  • The equivalent of a B or better in all English courses
  • Strong overall academic performance

If an applicant in an English-Speaking curriculum has taken a traditional English proficiency exam (i.e., TOEFL, IELTS or DET), they are encouraged to submit the results to support their demonstrated English ability.

Alternative to demonstrating English proficiency by presenting adequate standardized test scores, an international student can demonstrate English proficiency by submitting evidence of having completed:

  1. 24 or more transferable credits at the time of application from an accredited U.S. College or University with a GPA of 3.0 or better, including
  2. 6 credits of non-remedial, non-ESL  coursework in English composition and/or speech communication with a grade of B or better.

Transfer students who wish to use their college coursework to meet the English proficiency requirement should email our office at 
intl-admissions@purdue.edu when they see that their transcripts have arrived and have been marked as received on their application checklist.

Please be aware: Score results must be from a test taken within the past two years. If self-reported scores are used at time of application review, official scores must be provided if the student is admitted and accepts their admission offer. Official test scores must be received directly from the testing organization.  Applicants are required to submit all the standardized test results indicated on their application. Meeting the minimum English proficiency score does not guarantee admission. A student's complete application is holistically reviewed before a decision is made.

English proficiency test results may be used for English course placement upon enrollment.  Students admitted without a formal English proficiency exam (i.e., DET, IELTS, or TOEFL) may be subject to an English placement exam upon enrollment.

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