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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 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


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