The English Proficiency Requirement (EPR) is to evaluate the English language proficiency of students whose native language is not English and who want to enroll in College of Extended Learning international certificate and Semester @ SF State programs. All students from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency.
Results from the following exams, taken within the last three years, are acceptable to fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement.
|English Proficiency Test||Score|
|TOEFL iBT* or TOEFL iBT Home Edition||61 overall score|
|IELTS or IELTS Indicator||6.0 overall band score|
|Chinese CET||493 on CET-4 or 450 on CET-6|
|Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)||B2|
|Danish Studentereksamen||Grade 7 on English B or Grade 4 on English A|
|Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)||B2|
|Duolingo English Test||95|
|Norwegian Vitnemal||4 in English|
|Swedish Secondary Education||Grade A, B or C in English 5, 6 or 7|
TOEFL iBT* – 80
IELTS – 6.5
PTE Academic – 59
Duolingo English Test – 120 (accepted for Fall 2021 only)
*All programs run through the Center for Global Engagement at SF State accept MyBestscores for the TOEFL iBT® test, in addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date.
For students attending the English for Academic Preparation program or specific partner institutions an ITP TOEFL score (undergraduate: 500, graduate: 550) may be acceptable. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
You are exempt from the English Proficiency Requirement if:
Waivers will be considered on a case by case basis.
You may request a waiver to the English Proficiency Requirement if any of the following criteria apply:
If you would like to request a waiver, please see English Proficiency Requirement Waivers.