English Language Requirements


Students whose first language is not English will be placed as follows based on their proficiency in Academic English:


Placement Table based on Exam Scores

For Placement into English 1900/1920

Test Type Minimum Score
TOEFL ITP (SLU Institutional TOEFL) + SLUWE 630 + 5.0 = ENGL-1900/1920
Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) 110
IELTS 8 with 7.5 in Reading and Writing
PTE 80
SAT: Writing and Language (with Essay) 32
SAT: Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score 580
ACT: in BOTH English and Reading 24
IB English B: Higher Level 7
IB English A: Language and Literature: Standard Level 7
IB English A: Language and Literature: Higher Level 4
Note: A score of 6 or higher awards advanced placement credit.
IB English A: Literature: Standard and Higher Level 4
Note: A score of 6 or higher awards advanced placement credit.
AP English 4
Note: A score of 4 or higher awards advanced placement credit.


For Direct Placement into English 1500

Test Type Minimum Score
TOEFL ITP (SLU Institutional TOEFL) + SLUWE 550 + 4.0
Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) 80
IELTS 6.5, with 6.0 in Reading and Writing
PTE 54
SAT: Writing and Language (with Essay) 28
SAT: Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score 520
ACT: in BOTH English and Reading 19
IB English B: Standard Level 6
IB English B: Higher Level 5
GCSE/ IGCSE: in English (NOT English as a Second Language) C
GCE A/AS/AICE Level: English or English Language C


Direct Placement into the ESL Undergraduate Bridge Program

Test Type Minimum Score
TOEFL ITP (SLU Institutional TOEFL) + SLUWE 520 + 3.5
Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) 75
IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in Reading and Writing
PTE 54


Placement into the Academic English Program

Test Type Minimum Score
TWE/ SLUWE 2.5


Students who have not achieved sufficient score to enter the ESL Undergraduate Bridge Program or who have no official test score with which to enter the university may apply to the Academic English program. Level is measured by an on-campus academic essay.

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