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English Language Proficiency

All students from countries and areas where English is not the common, spoken language (even if the student already is a resident of the United States) must have a practical understanding of spoken and written English to benefit from instruction, study and examinations in that language. Course work at The Catholic University of America requires university-level English language proficiency and skills. The Catholic University of America, therefore, requires all applicants whose native language is not English to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language or an International English Language Testing System exam before they can be considered for final admissions.

Minimally accepted TOEFL scores, when applying for undergraduate programs, are 550-paper; 213-computer; and 80 Internet. Students taking the TOEFL should have at least 20 out of 30 in each of the TOEFL subcategories. The minimally accepted undergraduate IELTS score is 6.5. Individual IELTS test module scores are also reviewed in addition to the overall IELTS score.

Minimally accepted TOEFL scores, when applying for graduate programs, are 550-paper; 213-computer; and 80 Internet. Students taking the TOEFL should have at least 20 out of 30 in each of the TOEFL subcategories. The minimally accepted undergraduate IELTS score is 6.5. Individual IELTS test module scores are also reviewed in addition to the overall IELTS score.

Students should have test results sent directly to The Catholic University of America. The test code is 5104 for the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

The TOEFL/IELTS requirement can be waived on a case-by-case basis should the applicant have appropriate documentation of successful completion of one of the following:

  1. CUA's Intensive English Program
  2. Level 112 in the intensive English program offered by an ELS Language Center
  3. A complete Intensive English program at an accredited institution of higher education
  4. A college-level English Composition class determined to be the equivalent of or more advanced than CUA's English Composition 101 course, with a grade of B or above. (for applicants to undergraduate programs)
  5. A graduate degree, a Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.), or an Associates Degree (A. A.) from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education or a high school diploma. (Graduates from a U.S. high school are required however to submit SAT/ACT scores.)

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