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English Language Proficiency

If English is not your native language, regardless of your citizenship, you must provide the university with verification of your proficiency in English.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions employs a holistic review process when considering all applicants and will consider all materials submitted in the application package to determine the level of English proficiency. The table below shows recommended scores for both the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to meet the English proficiency requirement and those that may require participation in the Maryland English Institute. These are guidelines and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will review all application materials when making a final decision. 

Please have an official report of your scores sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline.

For the University of Maryland College Park to receive your scores, please use the reporting code 5814. 


English Proficiency Tests


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
University of Maryland passing score 100
Maryland English Institute 99 or lower
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
University of Maryland passing score 7
Maryland English Institute 6.5 or lower


While a passing TOEFL/IELTS score is the only absolute way a student can meet the English proficiency requirement, we may consider waiving the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if a student has completed one of the following:

  • Four years at a U.S. high school without English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • A.A., bachelor’s, or master’s degree earned from a U.S. accredited institution
  • 55+ credits from a U.S. institution with coursework equivalent to English Compositions 1 and 2
  • Advanced Subsidiary or Advanced level English language exam (British Curriculum)
  • A completed high school or university degree earned from one of the following countries1:








British Virgin Islands



Cayman Islands


The Gambia











New Zealand


Sierra Leone

South Africa

St. Lucia

St. Vincent



Trinidad and Tobago

Turks and Caicos Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands


United Kingdom



1. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, but the TOEFL is required.
2. TOEFL/IELTS is required for the French system only.
3. English speaking territories only.


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