English Proficiency Requirements

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Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit official results from an English proficiency test as part of their application.

Minimum Scores for Admission

Internet-based: 79
Computer-based: 213
Paper-based: 550

6.0 overall band


*First year undergraduate freshmen only

420 on Critical Reading
480 on Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Applicants who do not meet our English proficiency requirement may want to consider Conditional Admission through ELS Language Center or FDU's Pre-University Program (PUP).

For students whose native language is Chinese, we offer the 成功之门 Cheng Gong - Gateway to a Successful Tomorrow (GST) program, which enables Chinese-speaking students to learn English and earn an Associate in Arts degree through combined English and Chinese language instruction followed by English-only instruction of all academic coursework.



The following countries are not required to submit an English proficiency test:

Antigua & Barbuda Gambia New Zealand
Australia   Northern Ireland
Bahamas Grenada Papua New Guinea
Barbados Guyana St. Kitts and Nevis
Belize Ireland St. Lucia
Bermuda Jamaica St. Vincent & Grenadines
Botswana Liberia Solomon Islands
Canada (except Quebec) Marshall Islands Trinidad & Tobago
Dominica Mauritius United Kingdom
Fiji Micronesia  

Applicants who have previously attended a high school, college or university in the United States for 2 or more years and have earned passing grades in English courses may be exempt from an English proficiency exam.


English Proficiency Placement Examination

During International Student Orientation, all new international undergraduate and graduate students (except those who are exempted) will be tested for English proficiency regardless of their official English proficiency test score.

Depending on their test results, students may be placed into an English for Professional Success (EPS) course that focuses on the student's major field of study.

Undergraduates placed into EPS must take the class and co-requisite lab and will be charged tuition upon registration. Credits in EPS will apply to the undergraduate student’s General Education requirement.

Graduates placed into an EPS course are required to take the class and co-requisite lab and will be charged a fee.



  • Fall (August) Semester:  July 1
  • Spring (January) Semester: December 1
  • Summer semester (limited programs):  May 1

    Admissions are rolling. Please allow 3-4 weeks to process your application.

    Deadlines may vary according to program. Please check your desired major's department website for more details.