English Proficiency Requirements
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
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|
|Bahamas||Grenada||Papua New Guinea|
|Barbados||Guyana||St. Kitts and Nevis|
|Bermuda||Jamaica||St. Vincent & Grenadines|
|Canada (except Quebec)||Marshall Islands||Trinidad & Tobago|
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.