Test Scores for Undergraduate English Language Proficiency Requirement

At the undergraduate studies level, there are three levels of English proficiency: Full Admission, Full Admission with Required Foundation Coursework, 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 79 – 120
TOEFL PBT 520 – 677
IELTS 6.5 – 9.0
PTEA 53 – 84
SAT 500 Evidence – Based Reading and Writing
ACT 19 ELA Score
IB 5 In HL English
British A – Level C or Better
  • 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 or send an electronic copy of an official IELTS score report to the International Admissions Office
    • IELTS (ACADEMIC ONLY) scores cannot be more than 2 years old

Foundation

Full Admission with Foundation Coursework: 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 foundation admission also register for up to 6 credits of other general education requirements and may enroll for up to 16 credits. Note: UWM-Waukesha and UWM-Washington County applicants are not eligible for admission with Foundation coursework.

TOEFL IBT 65 – 78
TOEFL PBT 498 – 519
IELTS 5.0 – 6.0
PTEA 44 – 52
SAT 450 Evidence – Based Reading and Writing
ACT 17 ELA Score
  • 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 or send an electronic copy of an official IELTS score report to the International Admissions Office
    • IELTS (ACADEMIC ONLY) scores cannot be more than 2 years old

More information about Full Admission with Foundational coursework.

Conditional

Conditional admission: Students admitted in this category are required to enroll in UWM’s ELA “IEP” program and and are not eligible to register for academic courses until a higher level of English proficiency is achieved. Note-UWM-Waukesha or UWM-Washington County applicants are not eligible for admission with Conditional admission.

TOEFL IBT No score OR <65
TOEFL PBT No score OR 310 – 497
IELTS No score OR <5.0
PTEA No score OR <44
  • 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 or send an electronic copy of an official IELTS score report to the International Admissions Office
    • IELTS (ACADEMIC ONLY) scores cannot be more than 2 years old