English Proficiency

If English is not your native language, or you have not had three years (full-time) of your secondary education (or higher) taught in English, you will need to provide proof of your English proficiency. Since most classes are taught in English, you will need to demonstrate your ability to read, write, and speak English.

What is the TOEFL?

CSUDH uses the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to measure your English proficiency. The TOEFL test is given year-round at permanent testing centers around the world. There are three versions of the test: paper, internet, and computer-based.

If you need to take the TOEFL, we recommend that you take the examination as soon as possible. There are registration deadlines for the TOEFL, and it does take approximately 2 to 5 weeks to obtain your results. You should have Educational Testing Service (ETS) send your official scores directly to CSUDH. Official test scores from ETS are required.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an alternate test used by CSUDH to measure your English proficiency.

When registering for the TOEFL or IELTS exams use the number 4098 for CSUDH.

Official test scores from ETS are required. Unofficial test scores will not be accepted for admission consideration. Information regarding how to obtain official test scores is available on the ETS website.

Undergraduate Applicants

Undergraduate applicants who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full-time where English is the principal language of instruction must present one of the following:

  1. A minimum score of 500 on the paper-based TOEFL exam
  2. A minimum score of 61 on the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT)
  3. A minimum score of 173 on the computer-based TOEFL exam
  4. A score of 5.5 or higher on the IELTS
  5. A score of 500 or higher on the Critical Reading section of the SAT
  6. A score of 22 or higher on the English section of the ACT
  7. A score of 3 or higher on the AP English Language and Composition Examination OR the AP English Literature and Composition Examination

Undergraduate applicants who have met all admission requirements except English Proficiency can apply for conditional admission through the CSUDH American Language and Culture Program (ALCP). Once they have improved their English skills and pass TOEFL/IELTS OR qualify for an ALCP English Proficiency Waiver, they can start their degree program.

Graduate Applicants

Graduate applicants who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full-time where English is the principal language of instruction must present one of the following:

  1. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL exam,
  2. A minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT),
  3. A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL exam, or
  4. A score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS.

Graduate applicants who have met all admission requirements except English Proficiency can apply for conditional admission through the CSUDH American Language and Culture Program. (ALCP). Once they have improved their English skills and pass TOEFL/IELTS OR qualify for an ALCP English Proficiency Waiver, they can start their degree program.

*Some Graduate Programs may require higher scores. Please contact the Program Coordinator for additional requirements (http://www.csudh.edu/graduatestudies/degree/).