Undergraduate Proof of English Proficiency

All applicants, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of English proficiency to be considered for admission to Marshall University.  Undergraduate English proficiency requirements are listed below.  If one or more of the exemption criteria is met, applicants may be considered exempt from providing standardized exam scores for proof of English proficiency.

Exam Requirements

Exam Minimum Score
IELTS (Academic) 6.0
Duolingo 90
ACT 18 English/Reading
SAT 480 ERW (2016 & later); 450 Critical Reading & 450 Writing (pre-2016)
Cambridge English 169


If one of the following criteria are met, exam scores will not be required and the proof of English proficiency requirement will be met:

  1. Transfer credit equivalent to ENG 101 from an accepted, accredited institution with grade of C or better.
  2. Successful completion of an approved ESL program (i.e., Marshall University English Language Institute).
  3. Completion of the equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma or U.S. post-secondary degree from an accepted, accredited institution in an approved country where the primary language is English.