English Proficiency Requirement

English Proficiency Req

In order to ensure that our applicants will succeed in BYU’s intense academic environment, a test of English proficiency may be required. We require proof of proficiency regardless of time spent studying in the United States. TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE scores are valid for two years. If the exam expires before the application deadline, a new score will be required. The Cambridge English exams do not expire. Please note that meeting minimum requirements will not guarantee admission.

BYU accepts English proficiency exams from TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Cambridge English: Advanced. To access information on each exam including when and where the tests are offered, please go to their respective websites: www.toefl.org, www.ielts.org, www.pearsonpte.com, and cambridgeenglish.org. BYU's Minimum criteria for each test are as follows:

BYU English Proficiency Minimum Requirements
Exam Reading Writing Speaking Listening Use of
TOEFL iBT 20 20 20 20 - 80
6.0 6.0 6.5 6.0 - 6.5
PTE 49 49 49 49 - 53

Advanced or
172 172 180 172 180 180

If English proficiency requirements are not met, you are encouraged to increase your skills and retest.

Submitting Scores

  • TOEFL iBT - Send the official letter (with the heat seal in the upper right-hand corner) to: CES Processing Center; A-41 ASB; Provo, UT 84602, USA. Scores may also be sent to BYU directly by the testing company. We cannot accept a computer printout. Be sure to register for the exam with your name exactly as it appears on the BYU application.
  • IELTS - Please send us a message via ymessage.byu.edu with the TRF number
  • PTE - Select any of the CES institutions and they will be sent automatically
  • Cambridge English - Send us a message via ymessage.byu.edu with your Candidate ID number and your Secret number

English Learning Resources
The English Language Center at Brigham Young University may also be able to help students improve their English language skills. Learn more about this program by visiting http://elc.byu.edu. Note: BYU will require one of the listed standardized English proficiency exams even if students complete this program.