Test Scores for Undergraduate English Language Proficiency Requirement

At the undergraduate studies level, there are three levels of English proficiency: Regular Admission, Dual Admission, and Conditional Admission.  Please select below for more information.

Full

Regular admission: Students admitted in this category are eligible to enroll in full-time academic coursework.  Students are also eligible to enroll in ESL program courses.

TOEFL IBT 68 – 120
TOEFL PBT 520 – 677
IELTS 5.5 – 9.0
  • Applicants must send TOEFL scores from ETS electronically
    • UWM’s school code for TOEFL is 1473
    • TOEFL scores cannot be more than 2 years old
  • Applicants must mail an official IELTS score report to the International Admissions Office
    • IELTS scores cannot be more than 2 years old

Dual

Dual admission: Students admitted in this category are required to enroll in at least 6 credits of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) coursework, including one reading/writing EAP course and one listening/speaking EAP course. Students with dual admission can also register for up to 6 credits in non-EAP courses. A student with dual admission cannot carry more than 12 credits overall.

TOEFL IBT 61 – 67
TOEFL PBT 498 – 519
IELTS 5.0
  • Applicants must send TOEFL scores from ETS electronically
    • UWM’s school code for TOEFL is 1473
    • TOEFL scores cannot be more than 2 years old
  • Applicants must mail an official IELTS score report to the International Admissions Office
    • IELTS scores cannot be more than 2 years old

Students can pass out of Dual Admission status by meeting one of the following criteria:

  1. Successfully completion of a dual pathway program in UWM’s ESL program; or,
  2. Submission of a TOEFL score or an IELTS score that meets the score range for regular admission

Conditional

Conditional admission: Students admitted in this category are required to enroll in UWM’s ESL program and and are not eligible to register for academic courses until a higher level of English proficiency is achieved.

TOEFL IBT No score OR 0 – 60
TOEFL PBT No score OR 310 – 497
IELTS No score OR 0 – 4.5
  • Applicants who do not have a TOEFL or IELTS score should email isss@uwm.edu and request consideration for conditional admission after submitting an online application.
  • Applicants must send TOEFL scores from ETS electronically
    • UWM’s school code for TOEFL is 1473
    • TOEFL scores cannot be more than 2 years old
  • Applicants must mail an official IELTS score report to the International Admissions Office
    • IELTS scores cannot be more than 2 years old

Students can pass out of Conditional Admission status by meeting one of the following criteria:

  1. Qualifying for dual or regular admission by positive recommendation from the UWM Intensive English Program (IEP) following an sixteen-week session: or,
  2. Submission of a TOEFL score or an IELTS score which meets the English proficiency score range for dual or regular admission.