English Proficiency & Other Standardized Tests

Citizens from non-English-speaking countries are required to submit official proof of English proficiency. English proficiency can be demonstrated by submitting one of the following official scores. Students are strongly encouraged to submit an English proficiency score in addition to an SAT or ACT test score.

Students applying to Purdue as a beginner must submit at least one score directly from the testing agency which meets the English proficiency.


Purdue Code: 1631
80 iBT or higher 88 iBT or higher
College of Agriculture College of Engineering
College of Education College of Science
College of Health & Human Sciences Krannert School of Management
College of Liberal Arts
College of Pharmacy
Purdue Polytechnic Institute
Exploratory Studies
In general, overall totals need to be 80 or 88 depending on the college while subscores are generally 20 or higher per section. Purdue does not superscore or accept MyBest score results.


In general, applicants have an overall score of 6.5 or higher with at least a 6.0 in each section. Have scores sent to "Purdue University - Office of International Students and Scholars"

Note: IELTS scores can also be sent digitally


Purdue Code: 1631
SAT Reading Test(new) - 33 or higher
SAT Critical Reading(old) - top 15 percentile


Purdue Code: 1230
English - 28 or higher

British Ordinary Level English Language Exam

Grade of A or B, or 6-9, in First-Language English.
If one is proving English proficiency with the British Ordinary Level English Exam, please upload a copy of the certificate to the Purdue application portal and send an email to intl-admissions@purdue.edu so staff can verify.

Transfer Credit as proof of English proficiency

Alternative to demonstrating English proficiency by presenting adequate standardized test scores, an international student can demonstrate English proficiency by submitting evidence of having completed:
1) 24 or more transferable credits from an accredited four-year post-secondary institution in the U.S. at the time of application with a GPA of 3.0 or better, including
2) 6 credits of non-remedial, non-ESL coursework in English composition and/or speech communication with a grade of B or better.

Note: Score results must be from a test taken within the past two years. Official test scores must be received directly from the testing organization. Applicants are required to submit all the standardized test results indicated on their application. Meeting the minimum English proficiency score does not guarantee admission. A student's complete application is holistically reviewed before a decision is made.

Transfer students who wish to use their college coursework to meet the English proficiency requirement should email our office at intl-admissions@purdue.edu when they see that their transcripts have arrived and been attached to their record.

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