English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit an official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-A as part of their application. Below are FDU's minimum acceptable scores:

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

6.0 overall band


*For first year undergraduate freshman students only

420 on Critical Reading

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).



The following countries are exempted from submitting a test of English proficiency:

Antigua & Barbuda Grenada New Zealand
Australia Guyana St. Kitts & Nevis
Bahamas Ireland St. Lucia
Barbados Jamaica St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Belize Kiribati Solomon Islands
Bermuda Marshall Islands Trinidad & Tobago
Canada (except Quebec) Micronesia United Kingdom

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


English Proficiency Placement Examination

ALL new international undergraduate and graduate students (except those who are specifically exempted) will be tested for English proficiency during International Student Orientation. Depending on the 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.