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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. The university’s preference is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), but we will accept other standardized tests as listed below.

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Accepted Tests & Scores

Accepted Tests

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
Writing 23

Reading 24
Writing 27

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-Academic Version

Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0

Reading 6.5
Writing 6.5

Tests Requiring University Approval

Contact international@apus.edu for approval to submit one of the following tests in place of the TOEFL or IELTS:

  • 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)

Submitting Scores

All scores must be less than two years old and mailed to:

American Public University System
Attn: Student Records
10110 Battleview Parkway, Suite 114
Manassas, VA 20109

Exemptions

You may be exempt from the English proficiency requirements if you:

  • Attended an accredited U.S. college (associate degree or higher)
  • Are a member of the U.S. military
  • Earned a U.S. high school diploma or U.S. GED (does not apply to doctoral applicants)
  • Completed an English composition course with a grade of B- or higher at an accredited U.S. college
  • Are a citizen of the following countries:
  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • England
  • Falkland Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Scotland
  • Solomon Islands
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Wales