English Language Proficiency

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Miami University requires that international students whose native language is not English provide proof of English language proficiency as part of their application for admission.  

Applicants who meet the English proficiency requirement for direct admission may enroll directly into a bachelor’s degree program. Students who meet the requirements for conditional admission are admitted through Miami University’s American Culture and English (ACE) Program and receive an official offer to participate in the ACE program as well as a Miami University I-20 visa document. 

Below is the list of acceptable test scores and qualifications that meet Miami’s English language proficiency requirements for conditional and direct admission. In addition, five exemptions to this requirement are listed below the chart.  

Tests/Programs and Minimum Score
Test/Qualification ACE (Conditional) Admission Standard Direct Admission Standard
TOEFL Internet-based (iBT), including Paper and Home Editions  60 80
TOEFL Essentials 7 9
IELTS and IELTS Online 5 6.5
IELTS Indicator 5 6.5
Duolingo English Test (DET) 90 110
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic and PTE Academic Online 44 53
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 500 550
ACT English 18 21
China GaoKao English Subject 115/150 or 95/120 125/150 or 100/120
Michigan English Test (MET) Not applicable 52
GCSE, IGCSE, or GCE O-level English Language (not English as a Second Language) Not applicable C
Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) English Language Not applicable B or 4 (8 scale)
Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-level English Language Not applicable B
South Korea Suneung English Subject 75 80
Hong Kong Certificate of Education or Diploma of Secondary Education English Language Not applicable B or 4 (5 scale)
West African Examinations Council (WAEC) English Language Not applicable B or 4 (9 scale)
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) English Language Not applicable B-
iTEP 3.6 3.8
Ethiopia GCSE English Language Not applicable B
Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education English Language Not applicable B
Uganda Certificate of Education English Language Not applicable 4
Zambia School Certificate English Language Not applicable 4
Zimbabwe GCE O-level English Language Not applicable B
Cameroon GCE O-level English Language Not applicable B
ELS Language Center Level 109 Certificate Level 112 Certificate
Study at a high school in the United State or Canada 3 years of continuous enrollment Not applicable

Exemptions:

  • English-speaking country of origin with native language of English1
  • Completion of an associate or bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution of higher education
  • Course equivalency of Miami's English composition requirement at another U.S. institution
  • Enrollment in AP English Language and Composition or AP English Literature
  • Enrollment in IB English A at either HL or SL as part of a full IB program

1 Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Guyana, Canada (Except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica/other West Indies, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, South Africa, St. Helena, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caico Islands, United Kingdom, and Virgin Islands