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English proficiency requirements

As an international student, you are required to meet the university's English proficiency requirement.

TOEFL IBT and IELTS minimum scores

Minimum scores of 79-80 TOEFL IBT and IELTS 6.5 are required.

MELAB minimum score

Wayne State also accepts exam scores from The University of Michigan English Proficiency Exam (MELAB). You must score a minimum MELAB score of 85 and a TWE score of 5.5. For more information about the MELAB, please contact the University of Michigan at (734) 764-2416.

English proficiency exemptions

Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of immigration status or citizenship), but who have been instructed in the English language, are not necessarily exempt from the TOEFL/TWE/Oral requirements. If you meet at least one of the following requirements below,  you are exempt from taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Oral Proficiency Examination and the Test of Written English (TWE):

  • Your native language is English.
  • You have completed all secondary or post-secondary education in the United States, Canada or other English-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom, the West Indies and other countries specified by the Wayne State University Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  • You are an international or non-immigrant transfer student from a non-English speaking country. You are exempt from the TOEFL provided you have completed an associate of arts or associate of science degree (college parallel degree) from a U.S. institution or completed acceptable transfer credit from a U.S. institution of the equivalent of Wayne State’s Basic Composition and Intermediate Composition requirements with a 2.0 grade-point average or higher.

Examination contact information

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery

WSU Testing, Research and Evaluation Office

WSU English Language Institute (ELI)