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English as a Second Language

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Students who submit proof of English proficiency may go directly into regular academic course work.

The Charlotte Campus does not offer an English as a Second Language (ESL) program. If you do not meet the minimum test requirements noted below, you may attend the ELS Language Center in Charlotte, NC, or any local ESL provider of your choice.

Minimum test requirements (all levels, undergraduate and graduate):

  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English): minimum score of 53
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 80 IBT - internet based test
  • TOEFL score of 550 PPT - pen/paper test
  • IELTS (Cambridge), Band 6.5
  • City & Guilds Pitman: Higher Intermediate or Expert Level
  • The London Tests of English LTE, Level 4 (Advanced)
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Battery): 77
  • STEP Eiken (Society for Testing English Proficiency): Grade 1
  • Completion of English language school (ELS): Level 112 (Intensive)

Individual section scores must also meet minimum score requirements. JWU also reserves the right to require ESL classes to increase proficiency in a particular area, regardless of total test scores.

Other English examination results will also be reviewed, and experience studying in the English language will be taken into consideration. Please refer to the Charlotte Campus' undergraduate catalog for additional requirements.

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