English Language Proficiency

SPECIAL NOTICE: Exam scores are only valid for two years after the test date. Official scores must be sent directly to the University by the respective testing agency.

Applicants with academic backgrounds from these English-speaking countries may be exempt from the English Language Proficiency requirement:

Antigua, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Ghana, Jamaica, Trinidad, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Virgin Islands, and Wales
(This list is not exhaustive; institutions from other countries may also be considered on an individual basis. See below for specific exemption criteria.)
 
Undergraduates
(for first time freshman and transfer students)
Regardless of residency status, if you have not completed at least 3 years of full-time coursework at the high school/secondary level or above, at an accredited educational institution where English is the principal language of instruction, or have not completed a transferable college-level English Composition course from a United States post-secondary institution, with a grade of 'C' or better, you must obtain a minimum English Language Proficiency Exam score as follows:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 61 ibt or higher
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Band 5.5 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 44 or higher
 
Graduates/Post-Baccalaureates
(for students who have already completed a baccalaureate or advanced degree)
Regardless of residency status, if you do not possess a baccalaureate (or advanced) degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction, you must obtain a minimum English Language Proficiency Exam score as follows:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):  80 ibt or higher
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):  Band 6 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:  53 or higher
  • For TESOL program applicants: TOEFL (100 ibt) or IELTS (7.5)
  • If your academic program is taught in English, but the institution's primary language of instruction is not English, you are not exempt from the English Language Proficiency requirement. Please plan to submit a qualifying exam score.
 
English Language Proficiency Exam Submission
Please click on the exam name to learn how to request an official test score report to be sent to Cal State LA:
  • TOEFL Test - Cal State LA Code 4399

    Tests must be taken within the last two years. After two years, TOEFL scores are no longer valid.

  • Send scores to California State University, Los Angeles. Test Report Forms are valid for a recommended period of two years.

  • Send scores to California State University, Los Angeles. Your score report is valid and will be available online for two years.