International students

A foreign student looking to get into an American university needs to have certain academic requirements and must take a few exams to show competency:

  • High school diploma
  • Take one of the standard admission tests (SAT or ACT)
  • Demonstrate a certain level of English proficiency that can be done by taking the TOEFL (this is not required if the student comes from an English-speaking country).

Please note that these are the requirements for students looking to come in as a first year student. Transfer students are usually not required to take the SAT nor the ACT and other rules apply.


The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test is requested by most universities and Junior Colleges in the United States. It measures the capability of the candidate to listen, read, speak and write in English at the university level.

The most common version of the TOEFL exam, which is the one generally offered in most countries, is the TOEFL iBT (internet Based Test) which is taken in front of a computer connected to the Internet and reports scores on a 0-120 scale; each section (reading, listening, speaking and writing) is evaluated on a 0-30 scale.


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