General Catalog

English language proficiency requirement

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:

NOTE: Students applying to Computer Science and Software Systems, Computer Engineering, or Applied Computing may have different requirements. Learn more on the Divison of CSS program admissions page.


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).

 

TOEFL Score

IELTS Score

Duolingo Score

English 3 Score

iTEP Score

Satisfies English language proficiency requirement

 

83

 

6.5

 

105

 

73

 

3.9

Admission requires completing specified section(s) of BWRIT within the First Two Quarters at UW Bothell

 

76-82

 

6.0

 

101-104

 

67-72

 

3.7-3.8

Does not satisfy English language proficiency requirement

 

Below 76

 

5.5 or below

 

100 or below       

 

66 or below

 

3.6 or below


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. See the University of Washington Equivalency Guide for equivalent English courses at Washington community colleges.


SAT/ACT & 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:

Qualifying Test

Minimum Score

SAT Critical Reading

560

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.


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.