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English Proficiency Documentation Options for Admission

If English is not your native language, you must demonstrate proficiency in English prior to admission to meet IUSB's minimum standard for acceptance to both undergraduate and graduate programs. Click here to view the list of countries from which IUSB recognizes English as the native language. Exceptions to the following language proficiency standards may be made on a case-by-case basis.

  • Students who have completed the equivalent of ENG-W 131 are exempt the English proficiency documentation requirement for admission and all further english placement testing.
  • Immigrant students currently residing in the South Bend area and those recommended by the ESL Director may take the IUSB Interim Placement Examination.
  • All first-time undergraduate students and transfer students must take placement exams in English, unless otherwise exempt. Additional details about the placement tests and exemptions can be found on the English Placement Test page.
  • Most non-native English speaking graduate students will also be required to take English placement tests upon arrival, unless otherwise exempt. Additional details about the placement tests and exemptions can be found on the English Placement Test page.

Testing Options

Assessment Method

Undergraduate Requirements

Graduate Requirements
71 or higher*
79 or higher*
530 or higher*
550 or higher*
6.0 or higher
6.5 or higher
Pre-1 or higher
1
48 or higher
53 or higher
450 or higher
N/A
WAEC's Senior Secondary Certficate of Examinations (SSCE)
A or B
A or B
Ordinary Level Certificate
A or B
A or B
Cambridge International O Levels
C or higher
C or higher
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
A or B
A or B

*Please note that all test results must be sent to IUSB directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Indiana University South Bend does not accept hand-carried score reports. Our test center code is 1339.  Students taking the TOEFL while in China, India, Japan, Korea or Taiwan may be eligible for the TOEFL Scholarship.

Study Options

Study Method

Undergraduate Requirements

Graduate Requirements
Successful completion of Level 9
Successful completion of Level 9, plus 3 sessions of Advanced Proficiency Level Work
Successful completion of Level 109
Successful completion of Level 112
Successful completion of Level 7
Successful completion of Level 7
Accredited U.S. High School, University or College (or one from this country list)
Complete 3 years of U.S. high school OR 24 transferable semester-credit hours of an associate's, bachelor's or higher degree.
Complete 24 transferable semester-credit hour, an associate's, bachelor's or higher degree.