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English Language Proficiency Requirement

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All students who have completed their education outside of the U.S. must meet the University's English Language Proficiency Requirement.

The English Language Proficiency Requirement may be met in one of the following ways:

Academic Experience

Student must have completed one or more of the following:

  • Four consecutive years of secondary education (high school) within a United States or Canadian school at which English is the language of instruction.
  • Completion of 30 transferable semester hours, to include the equivalent of English 101 and English 102, at an accredited United States college or university (undergraduate applicants only).
  • Completion of a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree at a regionally accredited, United States or Canadian college or university at which English is the language of instruction.

English Language Proficiency Examinations

Students who do not meet the Academic Experience outlined above, must complete one of the following:

TOEFL Exam

Official exam scores must be provided to Roosevelt by ETS. Roosevelt's school code is 1666.

  • Internet-based Exam | The minimum score required for direct admission into a degree-seeking program is 80, to include no section scores below 17 and a score of 18 or higher on the Writing section (a score of 22 or higher on the Writing section is required for graduate students). Some programs may require higher subset scores.
  • Paper-based Exam | The minimum score required for direct admission into a degree-seeking program is 550, to include a score of 4.5 or higher on the Writing section.

Note: Students with scores below the identified minimums may be eligible for admission to Roosevelt University. Also, some programs require higher subset scores. Please check with your Admission Counselor. See the Roosevelt University English Language Placement section below.

IELTS Exam

Official exam scores must be provided to Roosevelt by the British Council.

  • The minimum score required for direct admission into a degree-seeking program is 6.5 with no band score below 6.0, to include a score of 6.5 or higher on the Academic Writing Band. Some programs may require higher subset scores.

Note: Students with scores below the identified minimums may be eligible for admission to Roosevelt University. Also, some programs require higher subset scores. Please check with your Admission Counselor. See the Roosevelt University English Language Placement section below.

Roosevelt University English Language Placement (ELP) Exam
  • Students within the greater Chicago area may chose to take this exam in place of the TOEFL or IELTS exam. Register for the on-campus ELP Exam, today. 
  • Students with scores below the TOEFL or IELTS minimum requirements outlined above are required to complete the English Language Placement Exam. Based upon the ELP exam results, students may be required to take one to three (1-3) semesters of language courses prior to the start of degree courses.
Duolingo English Test

Students who do not have access to the TOEFL or IELTS may take the Duolingo English Test (DET) in order to be considered for admission to Roosevelt University. The DET is available anywhere that has an internet connection and can be taken at any time. Please note that while scores from the DET can be used for admission purposes, they cannot be used to meet the Roosevelt University English language proficiency requirement. Contact the Roosevelt University Office of Admissions if you intend to submit Duolingo English Test scores to meet the admission requirements.