If you are not a native speaker of English, you must prove an adequate level of English language proficiency, even if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and regardless of how long you have resided or been educated in the U.S.

Provisional admission to University of Michigan-Dearborn undergraduate degree programs is possible for qualified students. If you have met the academic requirements for admission but not the English proficiency requirement, UM-Dearborn will grant provisional admission status and allow you to enroll in the English Language Proficiency Program (ELPP) for intensive English studies. See the ELPP website for more information. 

You must fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the ways described below before admission will be granted.

How Freshman applicants may prove proficiency without additional testing
  • completing two full years of general track English courses in a U.S. high school with grades of "C" or better, or
  • by achieving an acceptable score on the verbal section of the SAT or ACT which will be reviewed in conjunction with other factors
How Transfer applicants may prove proficiency without additional testing
  • completing two full years of general track English courses in a U.S. high school with grades of "C" or better, or
  • by achieving an acceptable score on the verbal section of the SAT or ACT which will be reviewed in conjunction with other factors, or
  • completing two semesters of transferable English composition courses, equivalent to UM-Dearborn's Composition 105 and 106, with grades of "C" or better in both courses. If you are enrolled in the second semester of English composition while applying, conditional admission may be possible.
How Provisionally admitted students may prove English proficiency
  • meeting the standards for full admission for all of the Intensive English Pathway Exit Criteria with the English Language Proficiency Program (see “Progression into Full Academics” in the ELPP Student Handbook).
English Language Proficiency Exam Exempt Countries
  • Anguila
  • Antigua
  • Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • England
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Monserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Seychelles
  • Shetland Islands
  • St. Kitts-Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United States (other than Puerto Rico)
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Wales

Students educated in American based, British based, and IB based curriculums will be evaluated individually to determine whether an English Language Proficiency Exam is required.

For all internationally educated students, SAT Reading/Writing sub-score or ACT English score will be taken into consideration.  The University of Michigan-Dearborn reserves the right to request an English Language Proficiency Exam after reviewing the SAT/ACT sub-score.

Testing Information

We are aware that the current coronavirus outbreak has resulted in widespread English test center closures in many regions. In response to this, we will temporarily accept the Duolingo English Test from students applying to begin their studies in Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Winter 2021 semesters. Applicants may take the Duolingo test online and request scores be sent directly to the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

You should complete an assessment well in advance of your intended starting term.  The TOEFL and IELTS are offered throughout the world.  Test scores may take 2-8 weeks to arrive at UM-Dearborn depending on the location and test-taking method.

You may take the TOEFL, IELTS, or DuoLingo tests more than once, and only your most recent score will be considered. Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

Proficiency Test

  IELTS

Internet-Based
TOEFL

Computer-Based 
TOEFL

Paper-Based 
TOEFL

Minimum Score
for Full Academic Admission
6.5 80 213 550

 

For testing information and registration materials, please contact:

IELTS
100 East Corson Street, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA  91103, U.S.A.
Telephone: 626-564-2954
ielts@ieltsintl.org

TOEFL
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ, 08541,U.S.A. 
Telephone: 609-771-7600
toefl@ets.org

DuoLingo
5900 Penn Ave, Second FL
Pittsburgh, PA 15206, U.S.A. 
Telephone: 412-567-6602​​​​​​​
duolingo.com

 

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