English Proficiency Requirements

Non-native English speakers must provide proof of English language competency. University of Portland accepts a number of language proficiency exams and benchmarks to satisfy this requirement.

Undergraduate English Language Proficiency

English Exams and Minimum Score Requirements:

GTEC (Global Test of English Communication) for university students - score of 1181 or above                                        
PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic exam - score of 58 or above
GCE or IGCSE (English- 2nd Language) – grade of A-C
IB (English –A & B) – grade of 7-4
IELTS – 6.5 overall and minimum 6.0 in reading and writing sections                                                                                                          *IELTS at home test option available.
TOEFL (iBT) –71 overall and minimum 16 in reading and writing sections (the University of Portland TOEFL code is 4847)           * TOEFL will temporarily be offering an at home test option
SAT (Evidenced-based Reading & Writing) – 550
ACT (English section) - 21 

Coursework that will satisfy the English proficiency requirement:

  • 3 years (6 semesters) of high school completed in the United States. These first-year student applicants are waived from the English proficiency requirement, but will be asked to submit SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission.
  • 1 year (2 semesters or 3 quarters) of university-level coursework completed in the United States that includes 1 semester (or 2 quarters) of writing and composition with a final grade of C or better.

Graduate English Language Proficiency

Score requirements vary by program, check the list below to find the minimum score required for admission.

Business Administration: 88 TOEFL (iBT); 570 TOEFL (PBT); 7.0 IELTS
Communication Studies: 100 TOEFL (iBT); 600 TOEFL (PBT); 7.5 IELTS
Drama: 79 TOEFL (iBT); 550 TOEFL (PBT); 7.0 IELTS
Education: 88 TOEFL (iBT); 570 TOEFL (PBT); 7.0 IELTS
Engineering: 79 TOEFL (iBT); 550 TOEFL (PBT); 7.0 IELTS
Nursing: 100 TOEFL (iBT); 600 TOEFL (PBT); 7.5 IELTS
Theology: 79 TOEFL (iBT); 550 TOEFL (PBT); 7.0 IELTS

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