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:

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

IELTS
6.0 overall band

PEARSONS PTE-A
53

SAT 
*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).

 

Exemptions

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
Fiji    


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 for 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.