Admissions

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 four methods detailed below*

*Students applying to Computer Science and Software Systems, Computer Engineering, or Applied Computing may have different requirements.


1) English Language proficiency test options in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

In the past, the English Proficiency requirement could have been met with results of the TOEFL or IELTS exams.

To provide more flexibility for our applicants, the UW Bothell Office of Admissions has expanded the English Proficiency options to include the results from the Duolingo, English 3, or iTEP exams.

  TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test) Score TOEFL PBT (Paper Delivered Test) Score IELTS Score Duolingo Score English 3 Score iTEP Score
Satisfies English Proficiency Requirement 83 557 6.5 105 73 3.9
Admission requires completing a Specified section of B WRIT within the first 2 quarters at UW Bothell 76-82 540-553 6.0 100 67-72 3.7-3.8
Does not satisfy English Proficiency Requirement* 75 or below 539 or below 5.5 or below 100 or below 66 or below 3.6 or below

More information about each test, including instructions on how to submit your scores, can be found on each test's respective website linked below:

UW Bothell also accepts paper scores. Official scores may be mailed to:

University of Washington Bothell
Box 35800
18115 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011


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 transferable coursework 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 141 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. Review the University of Washington Equivalency Guide for equivalent English courses at Washington community colleges.


3) 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 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score 560
SAT Critical Reading 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.


4) 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.