How to demonstrate proof of English language proficiency (ELP)

All international applicants to UNT must show proof of English language proficiency in one of the following ways.

1. Citizenship of one of these approved English-speaking countries

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua/Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Guyana
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica/other West Indies
  • Liberia
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • St. Helena
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caico Isle
  • United Kingdom
  • Virgin Islands

2. Degree or courses completed at an accredited institute in the U.S. or in one of the approved English-speaking countries

Submit official transcripts showing courses, graduation, and/or degree earned from:

  • High school/Secondary school
    • Graduation + 3 years attendance (includes U.S. Department of Defense school)
  • College/University
    • Completion of Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate degree
    • Completion of two university-level, academic English courses (excludes English as a Second Language courses) for a total of 6 credit hours with a grade of C or higher in both courses
    • Completion of 30+ hours of university-level, academic coursework with an overall GPA of 2.25 or equivalent. Student must be enrolled at the time of application and must have maintained continuous enrollment prior to their transfer to UNT.

3. English Language/English Proficiency Exam

High school/Secondary school exams

Exam Minimum Score Required Documentation Needed
Advanced Placement
Score of 5 in English Language & Composition Submit official score report
International Baccalaureate
Grade 5 on the Higher-Level English A1 subject Submit official score report
Cambridge International Education (CIE) Exams
(International) General Certificate of (Secondary) Education
C of higher in English Language or English First Language
Submit official score report
West Africa Examination Council/West African Senior School Certificate Examination
B (2,3) or higher in English Language
Submit official score report through the WAEC digital platform at WAEC
National Examinations Council
B (2,3) or higher in English Language
Submit token with official score report
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education
B (8,9,10) or higher in English Language
Submit official score report
560 or higher on both Critical Reading and Writing
Submit official score report from College Board, reporting code 6481
21 or higher in English
Submit official score report through ACT, reporting code 4136

English Proficiency Exams

  • Please allow up to 10 business days for your To Do list to be updated after score submission.
  • When submitting scores, please ensure that the name and birthdate on your score report match the information on your application.
  • Test scores expire after 2 years. Tests must be taken within two years prior to applying.
  • Expired scores are accepted for students who have been continuously enrolled at a college or university in the U.S. since before the scores expired. Students must submit official score reports.
Exam Minimum Score Required Documentation Needed
(excludes MyBest score)
Submit scores electronically through ETS; school code 6481
6.0 overall band
Submit scores electronically through the testing service
Pearson Test of English
Submit scores electronically through Pearson
Duolingo English Test
Submit scores electronically through
MET (4-skill exam)
Michigan English Test
Section scores of 54
Submit scores electronically through the testing service
C1 Advanced/C2 Proficiency
Submit scores through the Cambridge Assessment Platform

4. UNT’s Intensive English Language Institute (IELI)

  • Completion of level 6
  • See for program information
  • Coursework from other Intensive English Programs does not meet UNT’s ELP requirement