English Proficiency for International Students
Non-exempt, non-U.S. citizens must provide verification of English proficiency by submitting the results of a standardized test.
If you think you might be exempt from our English proficiency requirements, check the section below on exemptions.
Accepted Tests & Scores
The university's preference is for students to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, but we would accept the other standardized tests listed below as well.
All scores must be less than two years old and mailed to the APUS address provided to the right.
Undergraduate Accepted Score
Graduate Accepted Score
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
| Paper Based Test|
520 with TWE of 4.0
550 with TWE of 4.5
| Internet Based Test||Reading 21|
|International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-Academic Version||Reading 6.0|
Tests Requiring University Approval First
To submit one of the following tests in place of the TOEFL or IELTS, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for approval.
- ACT English
- SAT Verbal
- Advanced Placement International English Language (APIEL)
- General Certificate of Education (GCE)
- International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGSCE)
- General Certificate of Secondary Education (GSCE)
Transcripts & Other Documentation Needed
The following types of individuals are required to provide us additional documentation and should read the relevant sections below for details on the necessary documentation
Note: If you are an undergraduate student with no previous college credit, or if you are a non-degree seeking student, we will not need any transcripts.
Undergraduate Students with Previous College Credit
If you are an undergraduate student with previous college credit and you have not earned a bachelor’s degree or above yet, we need:
- Official transcripts sent from all previous institutions
- TCE application for transfer credit review
If the course work was completed at an institution not accredited by a U.S. recognized body, you will need to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an international education agency.
If you are a graduate student, we need:
- Official transcripts of your conferred bachelor’s degree or higher.
If the degree was conferred by an institution not accredited by a U.S. recognized body, you will need to have a degree-only verification completed by an international education agency.
The following students may be exempt from the English proficiency requirements (further documentation may be requested to confirm eligibility):
- Accredited U.S. college graduates (associate degree or higher)
- U.S. military service members
- U.S. high school graduates or U.S. GED recipients
- Students who have completed an English composition course with a grade of B- or higher at an accredited U.S. college.
- Citizens of the following countries:
Antigua and Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Northern Mariana Islands
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
U.S. Virgin Islands
Note: All university students are expected to adhere to current admissions requirements. We reserve the right to request additional documentation if deemed necessary for admission purposes.