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Language Requirements

English Proficiency Test

Boise State University requires international students to demonstrate English language proficiency for admission.

The following options are available for demonstrating English language proficiency, as long as completed within the last two years*:

Undergraduate Graduate Graduate (College of Business & Economics, Early and Special Education)
TOEFL (paper-based) 520 550 587
TOEFL (internet-based) 68 80 95
IELTS 6.0 6.0 6.5
(New SAT Reading only)
(Critical Reading section)


not applicable not applicable
ACT (English section) 18 not applicable not applicable
English 101 Introduction to College Writing equivalent from a regionally-accredited US institution** grade of C- not applicable not applicable
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a regionally-accredited US institution Successful completion Successful completion Successful completion

* You may be exempt from the English proficiency requirement if you are a native English speaker or if English is your first language. Examples of countries where students may be from include (but are not limited to): Australia, the British Caribbean, Canada (English-speaking provinces only), Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Please contact the International Student Admissions Office for further information.

** This option is available for transfer students who have completed 14 or more transferable college credits at a regionally-accredited college in the United States.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign

PO Box 6154
Princeton, NJ 08541-6154 USA

IELTS (International English Language
Testing System)

100 East Corson Street Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91103 USA

PO Box 451
Iowa City, IA 52243 USA

PO Box 025505
Miami, FL 33102 USA

Intensive English Program
Boise State University has an excellent Intensive English Program designed to help students improve their English skills and succeed in higher education. For more information about this program, please visit the Intensive English Program.