Test Scores for Undergraduate English Language Proficiency Requirement

At the undergraduate studies level, there are three levels of English proficiency: Regular Admission, Foundation 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 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 an official IELTS score report to the International Admissions Office
    • IELTS scores cannot be more than 2 years old

Foundation

Foundation 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 foundation admission also register for up to 6 credits of other general education requirements and may enroll for up to 16 credits.

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 an official IELTS score report to the International Admissions Office
    • IELTS scores cannot be more than 2 years old

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

  1. Successful completion of the credit sequence of UWM’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program to fulfill General Education Requirement for graduation; 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 ELA “IEP” 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 <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 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 foundation or regular admission.