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English Language Proficiency

Proof of English language proficiency is required for all students who did not complete most of their primary and secondary education in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. Students who are required to prove English language proficiency are exempt from the World Languages requirement. Determining English language proficiency is at the discretion of UW Bothell.

English language proficiency must be proved by one of the following methods:


 1) English Language Proficiency Exams

Provide official scores for one of the following exams. The exam must be taken within 2 years of the anticipated enrollment date at UW Bothell. Official scores must be sent directly to UW Bothell from the testing agency (UW Bothell’s institution code for the TOEFL is 9964). 

Exam Title Minimum Score
TOEFL iBT (internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language) 92*
TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language) 580
IELTS Academic Module (International English Language Testing System) 7.0

*A TOEFL score of 90 or 91 combined with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher is allowed in place of a TOEFL score of 92 (except for students applying to Computer Science and Software Systems programs).

 

 2) 90 U.S. College Credits*

Meet ALL FOUR requirements at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.:

  1. Earn a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA AND 
  2. Earn a minimum grade of 3.0 in the equivalent of UW ENGL 131 English Composition AND 
  3. Earn a minimum grade of 3.0 in the equivalent of UW ENGL 182 Writing from Research  AND
  4. Complete 90 transferable quarter credits (or 60 transferable semester credits)


NOTE: We strongly recommend completion of requirements 1, 2, and 3 at the time of application. See the University of Washington Equivalency Guide for equivalent English courses at Washington community colleges.

*Students applying to Computer Science and Software Systems programs have different requirements.


 3) University of Washington Intensive English Program's University Track [IEP]

Completion of the University of Washington Intensive English Program's University Track meets English proficiency requirements for admission to the University of Washington Bothell. Students who have been admitted to Level 4 or higher of the University of Washington's Intensive English Program must contact us at uwbintl@uw.edu after taking the IEP placement test. 

Students must enroll at UW Bothell within one year of successfully completing the Intensive English Program.


 4) SAT/ACT and U.S. High School English

Complete a minimum of four years of high school English in the United States* with grades of 3.0 or higher each year and earn a minimum score on one of the following tests:

Exam Title Minimum Score
SAT Critical Reading 500
SAT Writing 500
ACT English 21

*English composition and literature courses taken in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom may also satisfy the requirement.


 5) U.S. Baccalaureate / Master Degree

Earn a baccalaureate degree with at least 90 transferable quarter credits (or 60 transferable semester credits) completed at a regionally accredited institution in the United States; or earn a master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.

 

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