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English Language Proficiency Requirements

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International applicants must meet one of the listed criteria for full admission.

For Undergraduate Admission:

INTERLINK completion of level 5

TOEFL iBT minimum of 79

TOEFL PBT minimum of 550

IELTS minimum of 6.0

SAT minimum combined score of 860 (Math and Reading)

ACT minimum composite score of 18

ELS completion of level 112

IB Higher Level English minimum of 5

PTE minimum of 53

Transfer students who have completed 24+ university-level credits in the USA or other approved English-speaking countries may have the English proficiency requirements waived. Please note: Exception requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. ESL courses do not count toward the 24 credits.

For Graduate Admission*:

INTERLINK completion of level 5*

TOEFL iBT minimum of 85*

TOEFL PBT minimum of 563*

IELTS minimum of 6.5*

PTE minimum of 58*

*University's minimum requirement. Certain graduate programs may require higher scores. 

Send your scores directly to SAU using our institution codes:

ACT code is 1352 
code is 6617
code is 6617

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Applicants are exempt from the English Language Proficiency Requirement if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate applicants who are exempt from the English Language Proficiency Requirement will be required to take the SAT or ACT for scholarship consideration.
  • Earned a high school diploma, Associates of Arts, Associates of Science or bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. high school, college, or university. Please note that completion of a GED does not waive the English Language Requirement.
  • Completed the equivalent of a high school education or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree in one of the following countries:
    Recognized English Speaking Countries
    Antigua & Barbuda 
    British Virgin Islands 
    Canada (English-speaking provinces) 
    Cayman Islands 
    Fiji Islands
    New Zealand
    Sierra Leone
    South Africa
    St. Lucia
    St. Vincent & the Grenadines
    St. Kitts & Nevis
    Trinidad & Tobago
    United Kingdom
    United States of America
    U.S. Virgin Islands
    West Indies