Texas Tech University

Acceptable Proof of English Proficiency for Texas Tech University

All international applicants are required to show proof of English Proficiency in one of the following ways:

Exams:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language; TOEFL)
    • The minimum TOEFL score required to show proof of English Proficiency is 550 (paper-based version) or 79 (internet-based version). TOEFL score must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS); Texas Tech University's institutional code for International Undergraduate Admissions is B100. TOEFL scores are valid for only two years.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service; IELTS)
    • The minimum IELTS required score is an overall band score of 6.5 on the Academic version; IELTS General Training results are not acceptable. There is no IELTS institution code for Texas Tech University. IELTS scores are valid for only two years.
  • SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test; SAT)
    • The minimum Evidence-based Reading and Writing score required to show proof of English Proficiency is 500. SAT Scores must be received directly from the College Board. Texas Tech University's Institutional code for International Undergraduate students is 6859
  • ACT (American College Testing Program; ACT)
    • The minimum English score required to show proof of English Proficiency is 21. ACT Score must be received directly from the ACT organization. Texas Tech University's Institutional code is 4220.
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic; PTE Academic)
    • The minimum required PTE Academic score is 60. PTE General and PTE Young Learners results are not acceptable. There is no PTE Academic institution code for Texas Tech University. PTE Academic scores are valid for only two years.
  • Cambridge CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; CPE)
    • The minimum required Cambridge CPE grade is C. There is no institutional code for the Cambridge CPE. The Cambridge CPE is valid for life.
  • Cambridge CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English ; CAE)
    • The minimum required Cambridge CAE grade is B. There is no institutional code for the Cambridge CAE. The Cambridge CAE is valid for life.

International Undergraduate Admissions (IUA) will also accept the following:

  1. An ELS Educational Services (https://www.els.edu/UniversityAdmissions) official transcript and certificate showing successful completion of ELS' English for Academic Purposes program level 112 as proof of English proficiency.
  2. Completion of any CEA accredited English program, or the equivalent thereof, as proof of English proficiency. IUA requires the official transcript and certificate showing successful completion of the CEA accredited English program or equivalent. A list of CEA accredited programs can be found at https://cea-accredit.org/accredited-sites.

High School or College Coursework:

  • Attend 2 consecutive years of High School within an exempt country.  See a list of exempt countries below.
  • Achieve a grade C or better in English on the IB Diploma.
  • Achieve a grade C or better on English on the A-Level GCE. This cannot be English as a second language (ESL courses), English literature, etc. 
  • Complete 30 credit hours at a College of University with a GPA of at least 2.25 within an exempt country. Remedial or ESL courses do not count towards the total credit hours. See a list of exempt countries below.
  • Completion of the equivalent of TTU's ENG 1301 + 1302 English courses with a grade of B or better or at a US accredited Institution or an Institution within an exempt country. This can include a literature, composition, speech, or English class. These cannot be remedial or ESL courses. See a list of exempt countries below.

International applicants who can provide a passport from the following list of countries are exempt from the English Proficiency requirement:

  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Canada (except the Province of Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guyana
  • Ireland, Republic of
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • Micronesia Islands, Federated States of
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Helena
  • South Africa
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales)
  • United States
  • Virgin Islands
  • Zimbabwe