English Proficiency Requirements

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Academic success at the University of Miami depends on one’s ability to communicate effectively in English. Students can prove their language proficiency as outlined below.

Submit official test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Official results from the TOEFL ibT Home Edition are acceptable. We do not accept TOEFL Essentials results.

  • TOEFL Code: C730
  • IELTS Code: 4861

For non-native English speakers submitting the TOEFL or IELTS, competitive applicants generally score above the following:

  • 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
  • 80 on the internet-based TOEFL
  • 6.5 on the IELTS

Results from the November test (for Early Decision I and Early Action) or the January test (for Early Decision II and Regular Decision) may not arrive in time for the Admission Committee’s consideration. Be sure to include UM's CEEB code on all test registrations.

Academically qualified applicants for undergraduate admission who do not meet the English proficiency requirement may be offered admission for the following year provided that they complete level five of the University of Miami Intensive English Program within one year. To be considered, applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS results during the application process.

Waiving English Language Proficiency Requirements               

If English is not your native language, the TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • English is your native language
  • Obtained a grade of A or B in an Advanced Placement (AP) or Higher level (HL) International Baccalaureate (IB) English
  • Attended at least three years at a high school in the United States
  • Successfully completed Level 5 of the University of Miami's Intensive English Program (IEP)
  • IB English A1 Standard level (SL) or HL examination with a predicted score of 4 or higher
  • IB English B HL examination with a predicted score of 5 or higher.
  • Grade of C or better on the IGCSE/GCE “O” or “A” Level in English language
  • Attended a high school outside the United States for at least three years in which the medium of instruction is English
  • Obtained a score of 650 or higher on the redesigned SAT evidence-based reading and writing section (administered beginning in 2016)
  • Obtained a score of 27 or higher on the ACT English section
  • Earned 30 or more post-secondary credits (including 6 credits in English Composition with a grade of B or higher) at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States

Applicants can find and submit the TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Request Form in their Applicant Portal under "Admission Request Forms."