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English Proficiency Requirement


If you are not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, use these pages to help you apply for admission to EWU.

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    To be admitted to Eastern Washington University, you must meet a basic English proficiency requirement. There are three ways to meet the language requirement.

    1. Take and pass a language exam

    The most common language exams are the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

    To meet the English proficiency requirement at EWU, you must earn one of the following scores.

    English Proficiency Examination


    TOEFL Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT)


    TOEFL Paper Based




    Visit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) website and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) website for more information about scheduling a language exam.

    Official TOEFL/IELTS scores must come directly from the testing agency to Eastern Washington University. Do not send photocopies.

    2. Pass a language course

    Students may complete a college-level, transferable English composition course from a university or college in the United States with a grade of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in that course.

    3. Study English at Eastern Washington University

    If you cannot meet either the testing or language course requirement, conditional admission through the ELI program may be an option for you.


    Applicants who attended primary and secondary schools taught in English are exempt from the English proficiency requirement. Submit an official letter from your school.

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    304 Sutton Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.2397

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