Only students with full English proficiency can be admitted to UWM at Waukesha or UWM at Washington County, as no foundation level courses are offered there.

Test Scores for English Proficiency Requirement (for Bachelor’s Degree Programs)

Full AdmissionFull Admission
Foundation 1
Full Admission
Foundation 2
Full Admission
Foundation 3
Conditional
Admission
TOEFL IBT79 or higher74-7869-7365-68No score or less than 65
TOEFL PBT548 or higher536-546523-534513-520No score or 310-512
IELTS6.56.05.55.0No score or less than 5
Duolingo120 or higher105-11595-10085-90No score or less than 85
PTEA56 or higher46-5536-4529-35No score or less than 29
SAT591-800461-590301-460200-300No score or less than 199
ACT25-3617-2410-161-9No score
IB5 in HL EnglishNANANANA
British A-levelC or BetterNANANANA

Reporting Scores

  • Applicants must send TOEFL scores from ETS electronically to school code 1473.
  • Applicants can upload a copy of their official IELTS or Duolingo score report into the application portal online.
  • English proficiency test scores cannot be more than two years old.

Admission Type Descriptions

All new students are required to be placed into the appropriate English course upon arrival at UWM. Based on your scores used for admission, you’ll be placed in one of the following options, each of which may adjust your path to graduation.

Full Admission

Students who have full admission will need to take a placement test in English. All students are required to successfully complete English 102 to graduate from UW-Milwaukee.

Full Admission Foundation 1

Students placing into this category will require successful completion of three credits/one semester of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) coursework before taking English 102, the university’s requirement to graduate from UW-Milwaukee.

Full Admission Foundation 2 – up to two semesters

Students placing into this category will require successful completion of up to 10 credits/two semesters of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) coursework before taking English 102, the university’s requirement to graduate from UW-Milwaukee.

Full Admission Foundation 3 – up to three semesters

Students placing into this category will require successful completion of up to 17 credits/three semesters of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) coursework before taking English 102, the university’s requirement to graduate from UW-Milwaukee.

Conditional Admission

Students placing into this category will take a minimum of one semester (16 weeks) in UWM’s Intensive English Program (IEP).  To receive full admission or full foundation admission, students must pass CEFR B1 Student Learning Outcomes in all three core classes (Reading, Listening & Speaking, and writing) or submit a minimum IELTS score of 5.0, TOEFL score of 65 or Duolingo score of 85.